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Colonial Life Boulevard shooting victim identified as 16-year-old Julian Keel

Police described Keel as a three-sport athlete.



W.J. Keenan High School mourns the loss of 16-year-old student Julian “Juju” Keel, who was shot and killed over the weekend.

Keel’s mother confirmed his identity on Monday morning. He was also a member of the school’s football team.

On Monday, Julian’s parents, Adrien and Alec Watson, released a statement saying:

“Julian, affectionally known as “Juju”, was known as a light in our world and in anyone’s world he came across. We are experiencing a pain that no parent should ever have to feel, however, we are rooted in God and our faith will remain in him. Our message to the community is to put the guns down. Our Julian was innocently killed. He was a kid that always did the right thing and led by example. Julian was proud to be a Keenan Raider who was heavily involved in sports. He played football, ran track and wrestled. We will continue to honor our beloved son and lead by the example of love he led by every day.”

According to officials with the Columbia Police Department (CPD), the shooting occurred at a graduation party in the 1400 block of Colonial Life Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Deputy Chief Kelly mentioned that the individuals present at the shooting “were very young.” Holbrook stated that the incident took place outside the parking lot of Roll-Out Wangz, Eggrollz, and Thangz’ Bar and Restaurant.

The press release indicated that large groups of teenagers were attending the party when an altercation broke out.

Police reported that over 50 rounds were fired from at least four different firearms.

They also noted that Keel, who was not involved in the altercation, was attempting to leave the scene when he was struck in the upper body.

Police described Keel as a three-sport athlete.

The CPD is continuing to investigate the case and urges anyone with information to come forward.