Friends: Teen's death may be linked to sneakers



GRAYSON, Ga. - A teen was found dead in a Grayson neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith said officers received reports of a shooting at a home on Haynescrest Drive around 2:40 p.m. Police believe the 14-year-old victim's father found his body.

The teen has been identified as Paul Sampleton, a freshman at Grayson High School. He was home early Wednesday because the school had a half-day for finals. Channel 2's Shae Rozzi spoke to a classmate who said she had tutored him in Language Arts just a day ago.

"I just wish the best for his mom because she's down there breaking down. Before the situation went down we were both looking for him, calling people to see if they saw him on the bus or anything," LaTajisia Paris told Rozzi.

She said Sampleton typically called her every day after school.

"Today, I just didn't get a call," she said.

Police said there was evidence of a robbery at the scene and they are exploring several possible motives. Sampleton's peers believe one of the motives may involve the teen's extensive shoe collection.

They said he frequented a Facebook site called ATATF, also known as ADDICTED TO ALL THINGS FRESH. The site offers people a chance to sell and swap high-priced sneakers and other items.

Several of his friends who also use the site did not want to go on camera, fearful that they could be next.

Gwinnett police said Thursday morning they had not made an arrest, but they have some good leads.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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