Gov. Cooper Visits Winston-Salem In Wake Of School Shooting

Gov. Cooper Visits Winston-Salem In Wake Of School Shooting

4:53pm Sep 02, 2021
(From left) Gov. Roy Cooper, Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough and Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson listen to a question during a press conference Thursday about the fatal shooting at Mount Tabor High School. PAUL GARBER/WFDD

Governor Roy Cooper was in Winston-Salem Thursday to offer support to the community following a deadly shooting at Mount Tabor High School this week. 

The press conference that included local law enforcement leaders was long on emotional support, but short on new details about the death of William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr. or the juvenile arrested in the case.

Cooper said he believed the community could grieve together and find the resolve to keep schools safe.

“This is a pain and a fear that no child or parent should ever have to confront simply by having a child go to school,” he said.

Miller was shot at Mount Tabor Wednesday and the suspect fled the school, prompting lockdowns across the area as police sought the shooter. Miller was taken to the hospital but did not survive. 

Authorities did not identify the person they believe killed Miller, and did not offer any insights into the investigation, except to say that it’s in the beginning stages.

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