Just days after Prince George's County students headed back to school, a 17-year-old high school senior was found fatally shot inside her Kettering home.
About 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the 100 block of Chartsey Street. The victim, Amber Deanna Stanley, was found in her bedroom and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The suspect forced his way into the residence, shot Amber multiple times and left, police said. There were other occupants in the residence at the time, but they were not injured.
Amber was an honors student at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale and wanted to attend Harvard University.
Flowers' principal, Gorman Brown, told The Washington Examiner that Amber was a "very intelligent young lady, great smile." He added that she was a "very focused student" and had "great grades."
Amber was a student in the school's selective science and technology program and was part of a group of students trying to form a young doctors club. Teachers and friends told Brown that Amber was an aspiring physician.
Grief counselors were sent to Flowers and will be there for the rest of the week, Prince George's County Public Schools spokesman Briant Coleman said. A letter was going to be sent home to parents Thursday explaining that there was a student death.
"During this difficult time, we will continue to focus on Amber's contributions to our school and our community," Coleman said. "We thank the public for their expression of concern and support."
Neighbors and students told media outlets that they were stunned by the news of Amber's death.
"Watching her grow up to be a beautiful young girl, that's what's so heart wrenching because she was a good kid," neighbor Shirley Robinson said, according to WJLA. "She was a very sweet, beautiful young lady."
David Marshall, a family friend, told the news outlet, "It doesn't make any sense. In the house, too?"
Police consider the incident a homicide and are only describing the suspect as male. A police spokeswoman said she did not know whether the victim knew her attacker.
To date, there have been 43 homicide victims this year in Prince George's County, and five of them were juveniles.
Anyone with information can call 866-411-TIPS (8477).