Saul High School students remember 14-year-old killed in ambush shooting at Roxborough High School

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Students at Walter B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences were stunned to learn that classmate Nicholas Elizalde, 14, was tragically killed in an ambush shooting after soccer practice outside Roxborough High School.

“We lost someone in our high school, it’s a hard pill to swallow,” senior Germaine Kimber said. “It’s crazy when there’s shooting at football games, but training isn’t part of it.”

Students say they plan to honor Nick’s memory at school.

“It was so sad. Everyone wrote posters for him and everything. Everyone has their hearts for him and everything,” said junior Kyle Cherry.

“I’m sure he was a great kid and I just feel sorry for the parents,” said sophomore Kaia Hopkins

Three of the victims were only 14 years old. The other two were 15 and 17.

“You are so young with these murders. Just no words,” said parent Genotra Vinson.

Action News spoke to the mother of one of the victims, who is unwilling to speak publicly. She said her 14-year-old son attends Roxborough High School and is new at the school and is just getting to know his teammates.

She said he is undergoing surgery to repair a shattered femur, which will end his football season but will also leave lifelong emotional scars.

“The last 24 hours have been devastating for our school district and school communities. It is absolutely unimaginable that a group of students participating in a healthy activity would be shot at if they walked near a school,” said Dr. Tony Watlington, Philadelphia School District Superintendent.

Watlington addressed the tragedy on Wednesday, calling the rising gun violence in the city a crisis.

“We owe it to our students to do more to stop the violence that is crippling our city,” he said.

On Wednesday, advisors were available for students and employees. The football game on Friday has been cancelled.

The community of Roxborough is holding a vigil in Gengas Park on Thursday at 7pm

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