Students at Gompers High School in Richmond are mourning the loss of 16-year-old Salvador Cortez, a Richmond boy who was fatally shot early Saturday while attending a family member’s birthday party, Gompers Principal Randy Enos said today.”It’s taken the wind out of everyone’s sails,” Enos said.Grief counselors were at the school Monday and will continue to work with Cortez’s close friends throughout the week.Enos described Cortez as a “very personable young man” who was popular among his peers and had been working hard to earn the credits he needed to graduate.”He was very much a part of our family and he will be very missed,” Enos said.Gompers is a continuation high school with about 185 students. Cortez was a junior and had been attending the school for two years.Enos said he heard Saturday that a teenager had been shot, but it was the students who informed teachers and staff at the school Monday that the victim was Cortez.”It was a very deep shock to our family,” Enos said.Students at the school have set up a display case to memorialize Cortez and are planning an informal memorial service for him.Cortez’s family is planning to have a private funeral, Enos said. The shooting was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 3100 block of Ohio Avenue, according to Richmond police. Investigators were told that Cortez had stepped outside a home where a relative’s birthday party was being held and was standing in front of the house when he was shot.Family members took Cortez to a local hospital, where he later died.Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said today that police still had not made any arrests or identified any suspects in the case. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Richmond police Detective Eric Haupt at (510) 620-6622.
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