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24-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of Fort Worth honor student

FORT WORTH -- Police arrested a suspect Wednesday in the fatal shooting of Eric Forrester, a high-school senior swim team standout who was shot in the head on Monday.

The Fort Worth Police Fugitive Unit arrested Bruce Terrell Rogers, 24, after issuing an arrest warrant for capital murder earlier Wednesday. Bail had been preset for Rogers at $1 million.

Police are looking for three laptop computers - a Dell, a Toshiba and a Hewlett-Packard - that may have been removed from Forrester's residence in the 6400 block of Poco Court.

Anyone who bought a laptop computer "face-to-face" on Monday is asked to call the Fort Worth police homicide unit at 817-392-4330 or CrimeStoppers at 817-469-TIPS (817-469-8477).

A reward was offered for information leading to an arrest. A second suspect in the Forrester homicide has not been found.

Forrester had gone to his home on Poco Court to eat lunch with his 21-year-old sister when the shooting occurred at 1:22 p.m. Monday.

Police have said the pair apparently encountered two male intruders when they entered the home's back door. The sister fled and heard gunfire. After the intruders left, she went inside and found her brother in the kitchen with a gunshot wound to the head.

Monday's shooting and Forrester's death Tuesday prompted an outpouring of support and prayer from hundreds of friends and even strangers.

Eric Robinson, Forrester's swim coach at Southwest, said the senior was truly a team player, a young man of high integrity with a bright future. Robinson said he and members of the swim team were stunned by the news. Forrester competed in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, as well as the 200-yard medley and freestyle relays, Robinson said, and had recorded his best times this year.

While Forrester had a lot of potential as an athlete, he seemed to be more interested in humanitarian achievements, telling teammates about his wish to go on mission trips with his church, Robinson said.

"He walked his talk," Robinson said. "A lot of the swim team members looked up to him. Whatever he tried to do, he did well. He was a very responsible young man."Two Facebook pages for the popular student were started -- one titled "Prayers for Eric Jon Forrester" and the other "Memories of Eric Forrester."

One friend talked of watching Forrester through the years at their church, Fort Worth Sixth Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I have enjoyed watching him grow up and am sad that I will not see him give a missionary farewell talk or a welcome home talk, or even hear about him getting married and having kids," the friend wrote.

Bishop Bob Sturgill of the church said Forrester was as "clean-cut of a kid as you'd ever want to have."

"Always happy, always smiling, always pleasant, helping others," Sturgill said. "He touched the lives of everyone who knew him."

Sturgill said he has been with the young man's family almost around the clock since the shooting.

"Their faith has helped them and of course their other family and the kids," Sturgill said. "They are doing amazingly well considering the tragedy they're dealing with."

He said Forrester was the youngest of three siblings. He was extremely close to his two sisters, was active in his youth group and Boy Scouts and had friends from every facet of life.

"All groups. All nationalities. All ethnic backgrounds," Sturgill said. "He just was one of those kids you liked to be around."

Sturgill said Forrester's family appreciated the efforts by hospital staff, as well as the Police Department as detectives continue their search for those responsible.

"This is a kid who would have just shown his kindness to them," Sturgill said.

Forrester's death comes during an already tragedy-filled year for Southwest. In December, Ryan Powell, a popular baseball player, suddenly collapsed and died because of a heart condition. Later in the winter, two students from the school committed suicide.

Tuesday afternoon, the district released a statement saying a response team of counselors is available for any students, faculty or other members of the school community who may need assistance.

"This young's man's untimely and unnecessary death has deeply touched everyone in the district family," the release stated.

DEANNA BOYD, 817-390-7655

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