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Teen charged with murder of Laurel High School student

Tamerick Drummond just turned 17 when he was murdered in Laurel. Source: Maurice Pruitt Sr. Facebook. Tamerick Drummond just turned 17 when he was murdered in Laurel. Source: Maurice Pruitt Sr. Facebook.
Mekel Antwon Crumbly. Source: JCSD Mekel Antwon Crumbly. Source: JCSD
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

A 17-year-old Laurel High School student was killed, and an 18-year-old has been taken into custody and charged with murder, according to Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart. 

MOBILE USERS: View family photos of Tamerick Drummond here

This is Laurel's first homicide of the year, according to Stewart. 

Stewart said Mekel Antwon Crumbly was charged with the murder of Tamerick Drummond, and booked into the Jones County jail just after midnight.

Maurice Pruitt Sr., Tamerick's father, said Wednesday was his birthday, he just turned 17. 

The Laurel School District released the following statement regarding the incident:

"We are saddened by the tragic loss of a member of the Laurel School District family. our priority is to support our students and teachers as they grieve the loss of a student and classmate. We have provided additional counseling support at the high school for our students as they process their grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this extremely difficult time."

Lacey Slay, Public Information Officer for the Laurel School District, said grief counselors are coming in from all over the state to assist with students, and will be at the school at least through the end of the week. 

This is a developing story. More details will be reported as information becomes available. 

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