Police release few details on 14-year-old's murder

Paul Sampleton/Facebook

Paul Sampleton/Facebook

GRAYSON -- Official updates on the investigation into 14-year-old Paul Sampleton's murder were minimal Thursday.

Sampleton, a Grayson High School freshman, was found dead inside his family's Haynescrest Drive townhome Wednesday afternoon, the believed victim of a robbery and shooting. The teen was at his school for a final half-day before winter break Wednesday, and his body was found by his father at about 2:40 p.m.

An incident report obtained by the Daily Post shed little light, other than providing the detail that Sampleton's body was found "on the floor of the kitchen just inside of the interior garage door."

The report also indicated that Sampleton had been tied up or otherwise restrained.

Classes ended at Grayson High School at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Thursday that there were no other updates on the case.

Detectives believe the shooting was the result of a robbery, but were not sure if Sampleton was targeted or had simply stumbled into a crime in progress. Details about possible suspects have not been released, though theories about motive circulated on social media sites.

Even though classes had finished for the semester, Quintana said grief counselors were available at Grayson High School from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Grayson Principal David Hopson posted a letter to parents on the school's website.

"We encourage you to be attentive to any concerns your child may experience," Hopson wrote. "After our winter break, we will also have counselors and other trained professionals here at school to help our students cope with the loss of a classmate."

"As you know we are a very caring community," the letter added later. "Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family during this especially difficult time."


SurelyNot 2 years, 9 months ago

What a horrible crime to this child. My heart is breaking for the family. I hope GCPD gives this the priority it deserves and the perp's punishment is dealt swiftly. No matter the motive, thugs like this need to fry quickly.


notblind 2 years, 9 months ago

Dream on. Revolving door "justice" is one of the factors in our society's decline.


mateo 2 years, 9 months ago

Georgia has not used "Old Sparky" for years; it's the needle now.


elltchr 2 years, 9 months ago

That's right! A known gang member in Lawrenceville who did a DRIVE BY SHOOTING was jailed for ONE year and is NOW on the streets again. What, one year has changed his ways? I have had to buy a gun to protect myself because by the time police arrive, its all over! This is the REALITY that living in Gwinnett brings these days!


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