The 17-year-old Buffalo boy who was killed in a shooting early Saturday in the city's Schiller Park neighborhood has been identified as Paul Humphrey, a student and football player at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo.
The school identified him in a statement on social media on Saturday that police confirmed Sunday morning.
"The Bishop Timon-St. Jude family is heartbroken over the tragic death of Paul Humphrey, who just finished his sophomore year at Timon," the school's post said. "Our Timon family offers the deepest condolences and any assistance we can to his family as we all struggle with the same heartbreak."
Humphrey, a member of the Class of 2021, was a wide receiver and running back for the Timon Tigers' varsity football team. He was 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighed 170 pounds and wore the No. 2 jersey for his team.
Timon said it would hold a "brief prayer service" for its community at 10 a.m. Monday on the school's front lawn, with counselors available immediately afterward and throughout the day.
School officials declined further comment. But social media was full of tributes and sorrow following the first posting at 2 a.m. Saturday from a close friend of Humphrey's who was at the hospital, Brandon "Snacks" Laury. Comments flooded Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.
"R.I.P to a kid who never failed to put a smile on everyone’s face," said one Twitter user. "Fly high Paul."
Connor Davie, who just graduated from Timon and will be starting at Canisius College in the fall, knew Humphrey for the past two years, when their student careers overlapped at Timon. He said many of the athletes had met Saturday night with one of the coaches to talk about their friend and "everyone started tearing up."
"He was a good friend of everyone at Timon. He talked to everyone," said Davie, 18. "Whenever you saw Paul, you'd say, 'What up, Paul?' That was the thing that got everyone."
Humphrey "just liked being with the Timon family," and would "just go to every single basketball game," Davie said. Humphrey was also well-known among students at other schools, either through sports or the community. Davie said.
Laury, who will be a senior at Timon this fall, was Humphrey’s “big brother” at the school. “He always had a smile on his face,” Laury said. “He was energetic.”
"He was always super nice and funny, always a good presence to be around," added Connor Collins, another Timon classmate.
"I think everyone just wants justice for him," Collins said.
Humphrey and a 15-year-old boy from West Seneca were shot on Briscoe Avenue near Walden Avenue at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday.
Humphrey was taken to Erie County Medical Center for what police initially described as serious injuries, but was later pronounced dead. The other boy was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Both Davie and Laury said none of the other students knew why Humphrey was in the Schiller Park area at that hour. Davie said most of the Timon students come from South Buffalo, West Seneca and Lackawanna. Police confirmed Humphrey lived in Buffalo, but did not release his address Sunday. Davis and Laurie also did not know who the 15-year-old with Humphrey was.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Humphrey's family.
Police have not revealed any further details, but anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255.