Investigators: Fatal shooting of Waltham, Mass. high schooler 'not random'

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March 21, 2014, 10:08 pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Waltham, Mass.) - Investigators say this was not a random killing, though no further information has been revealed.

Prosecutors have been at the Waltham Police Department for hours on end.

“He was a very happy kid, he would always bring your mood up. Very positive, very smart,” said friend Rony Monteroso.

A Waltham High School senior, 17-years-old, a three sport athlete, and sadly, the victim of a shooting late Thursday night.

Tyler Zanco was gunned down in the parking lot of the Gardencrest Apartments.

“I didn't even believe it at first when I heard about it. I only found out this morning,” said friend David Boban.

That's not where he lived and investigators will not say why he was there.

It's the same complex where in November, a 20-year-old woman was arrested for shooting a 20-year-old man.

And where teenagers say there is a fair amount of drug activity.

And in this latest act of violence, classmates who knew Tyler, just can't believe it.

“No, I was so shocked when I heard that. I knew about it this morning. One of my teachers told me. I don't know anything about what happened,” said friend January Dumerjean.

“I really don't know. He would never go out and antagonize anyone else so I don't know why anyone would do this to him,” added Boban.

That disbelief co-mingled with sadness at Waltham High School, where Zanco was captain of the wrestling team, a guy who everyone knew and who made everyone laugh.

“He was so nice. He was a really nice guy. Unbelievable,” Dumerjean added.

“Friendly with everyone, so I really don't know the reasoning behind all this. And, hopefully, justice is made,” Monteroso said.

Tyler's mentor told me he was "a bright kid who probably didn't give himself enough credit for being bright."

Tags: Josh Brogadir, shooting, Waltham, Massachsuetts, Tyler Zanco, Gardencrest apartments
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