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Concord police: Student’s death followed dispute

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Friends of Mark Bostic Jr., 15, have posted this photo of the shooting victim on Facebook pages. Bostic was a sophomore at Jay M. Robinson High School.

Concord police say the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old high school student Sunday night followed a disagreement between people in two different vehicles.

Meanwhile, fellow students of the victim, Mark Gevon Bostic Jr., mourned the death of a young man who they said was popular and a natural leader.

Bostic, a sophomore at Jay M. Robinson High School near Concord, died late Sunday night at CMC-NorthEast after being shot while riding in a car. The shooting took place about 10 p.m. near Corban Avenue SW and Crowell Drive SW, southwest of downtown Concord.

Police were called by hospital officials, who reported Bostic had been brought to CMC-NorthEast in a private vehicle. He died of his wounds a short time later.

Concord police Chief Guy Smith says several people in the car in which Bostic was riding apparently had been involved in a dispute with occupants of another vehicle about a mile from the shooting scene. Bostic’s vehicle was followed by the other vehicle to the intersection, where several shots were fired into Bostic’s car.

Smith says detectives have found the car, which they believe was occupied by the shooter. But no arrests have been announced yet.

At Jay M. Robinson High, school officials observed a moment of silence during morning announcements Monday.

Cabarrus County Schools spokeswoman Ronnye Boone said extra counselors were sent to the school to help those who are grieving.

“We are certainly saddened by this news,” Boone said. “Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”

On Twitter, friends wrote that Bostic, nicknamed Tank, was outgoing and charismatic. Bostic played football and basketball at the school, and while he wasn’t on the active roster for the football team, he continued to work out with the team daily.

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