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Crowley High School grad, incoming senior were gunned down, authorities report

A community swimming pool and a playground near where the bodies of two teens found Saturday night in Crowley.
A community swimming pool and a playground near where the bodies of two teens found Saturday night in Crowley. dramirez@star-telegram.com

Shotgun blasts killed two teenagers found dead near a road in Crowley on Saturday night, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, which lists the manner of death as homicide for both.

Edgar Ramirez, 17, no address listed, was going to be an incoming senior at Crowley High School, said Anthony Kirchner, executive director of communications and marketing for the Crowley school district. Ramirez died of shotgun wounds to the head and left arm, the medical examiner’s website said Monday.

Matthew Lemus, 19, no address listed, graduated from the Crowley High class of 2016, Kirchner said. Lemus died of shotgun wounds to the chest, the medical examiner’s website said.

“Crowley ISD is incredibly saddened by the deaths of a current student and a former student whose bodies were found near Bicentennial Park in Crowley late Saturday night,” according to a statement released from Crowley school officials. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Edgar and Matthew’s family and friends during this tragedy.”

Ramirez also had attended Fort Worth public schools but left in 2016 to attend Crowley High, said Clint Bond, spokesman for the Fort Worth district.

Crowley police did not release a motive for the shootings or any additional details.

“We are asking for your patience and understanding as detectives diligently process the evidence that we have at this time,” police spokesman C.J. Perry said in a Monday news release.

Anyone with information should call Crowley police at 817-297-2276 or contact Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 or www.469TIPS.com.

Crowley police warned residents about information on social media.

“Keep in mind that not all social media posts are accurate,” Perry said. “The effects can impact the businesses, patrons and those who live and work in our city and those who travel through it.”

Police said Sunday they were continuing to investigate after the two were found dead Saturday night just north of Bicentennial Park in the Crescent Springs subdivision in Crowley. Police found the bodies at the edge of the road after responding to an investigation call shortly after 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Hutchins Drive.

On Monday, there were no signs of the fatal shootings on Hutchins Drive. A playground and a community swimming pool, just a few feet away from where the bodies were found, were empty Monday morning.

Crowley school officials will have a crisis response team at Crowley High School Tuesday as teachers return and again Aug. 22 when students return.

Investigators with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office are assisting.

Star-Telegram writer Judy Wiley contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

Teens found dead near Bicentennial Park in Crowley died from shotgun blasts.

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