Victim’s friend recounts terrible moments after fatal stabbing in Fishers

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FISHERS, Ind. (June 23, 2014) – A friend of the first homicide victim in Fishers in nearly 20 years tells FOX59 he doesn’t know what started the fight that came before Sunday night’s fatal stabbing.

However, Kortland Townsend said whatever the dispute was about, it wasn’t worth the life of 18-year old Connor Shockley.

“I think at the funeral it’ll hit me,” Townsend said. “Like damn, he’s really gone.”

Fishers Police were dispatched to the 8900 block of Wooster Court near Harrison Parkway and Lantern Road shortly before 11 p.m Sunday with reports of a fight. When officers arrived, Fishers police said they found a male wounded on the ground between two houses on Wooster Court. He was identified at 18-year-old Connor Shockley. Shockley died from stab wounds at the scene.

The 911 call came from a house on the next street, in the 8900 block of Waterton Place. It’s believed there were several teens gathered there for a party.

Townsend said he suddenly heard loud voices in the back yard of the house on Waterton Place. When he ran back to check it out, he saw Shockley on the ground, covered in blood.

“I was like ‘Connor, wake up, wake up,'” Townsend said. “Because you don’t want to see somebody you love like that just die in front of your eyes.”

Townsend said he knew Shockley since the two were in 3rd grade. They graduated together this year from Fishers High School. Shockley played baseball and football at Fishers.

Corbin Montgomery MUG

Corbin Montgomery

Fishers Police detained and questioned several witnesses and later announced the arrest of 18-year old Corbin Montgomery, a recent graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School. Montgomery was being held without bond in the Hamilton County Jail on preliminary charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. His initial court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Hamilton County Court.

Formal charges, expected to be filed at that time, should shed much more light on what prompted the deadly violence.

Brian Smith, superintendent of the Hamilton Southeastern school district, released the following statement regarding the case:

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Connor Shockley. When the Hamilton Southeastern school district suffers such a tragedy, we struggle and question and grieve.

We extend our sympathies to all those who knew Connor. It is difficult to come to terms with this kind of sadness and loss.

We will offer counseling for any of our students and staff who wish to seek help at the Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers High Schools counseling offices from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the rest of the week.

The Fishers Police Department has been keeping us informed of this criminal investigation and we appreciate their diligence.”

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