The odds of someone killing an intruder coming in their home in the middle of the night is highly likely, right? Would you stop to determine who it is before shooting or swinging a bat?
Unfortunately, that is what happened when Caleb Gordley, 16, ended up in his neighbor’s home after being dropped off at the wrong home. Allegedly, Gordley had been out drinking with friends and mistakenly entered a neighbor’s home through the window which tripped their alarm system. The well-known firefighter Donald West Wilder II, residents refer to as “community-minded” shot and killed Gordley, who died on the scene, according to the Daily Mail.
The star athlete and promising rapper attended Park View High School where Gordley and sources from the school said he was dropped off in the quiet Sterling, Virginia cul-de-sac where he lived, at around 2.30am on Saturday. In the report they say that he was shot on his way up the stairs.
“Though the Loudon County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate before confirming details, one law enforcement official told the Washington Post that Gordley had attempted to walk upstairs where the family were sleeping before he was shot.”
It’s obvious that Gordley will be missed. Some of his friends were interviewed and are shocked and shaken by his death.
‘He was on the basketball team, baseball… he brought happiness to the whole team,’ said one friend.
A heartbroken classmate told NBC: ‘If you had classes with him, there was no way you weren’t leaving that class without a smile.’
Incidents of teen drinking that result in their untimely demise are not public service announcements. We simply pray that he had not been drinking and that he family will get closure in their child’s death. One man already showed up to the property where the shooting took place. There was an animated and heated exchange between himself and the man that answered the door until they slammed the door in his face. The man returned to his car and backed up to the Gordley residence and went in.
Read more here. We will be following the story as it develops because there is little concrete information about this incident.