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16-year-old girl fatally shot on porch in Mass.

June 4, 2012
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Grief counselors met with students at a high school on Monday after two female students were shot -- one fatally -- while sitting on a front porch of a Cambridge home.

Authorities said 16-year-old Charlene Holmes, a sophomore at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the shooting at about 8 p.m. Sunday on Willow Street. A 17-year-old senior who was just days after from graduating from the school was in critical condition Monday. Her name was not made public.

Authorities said neither Holmes nor the other girl lived at the house, but Holmes lived in the neighborhood.

A spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone would not discuss a possible motive, saying the investigation is still in the early stages. No arrests have been made.

Cambridge Superintendent of Schools Jeff Young said Holmes was well-liked at the school.

"She was generally regarded as a really bright, engaging, very popular, well-respected and well-loved young woman," Young said.

The other girl is a senior who is scheduled to graduate Thursday.

Young said counselors at Rindge and Latin, assisted by counselors from other Cambridge schools, set up three rooms at the school Monday to offer support to grieving students and teachers. The police department was also assisting the students, he said.

"The mood is somber, and a mix of shock and sadness," Young said.

The home where the shooting took place is in a heavily populated residential area of multi-family homes with a park across the street. The park was filled with people watching softball and baseball games at the time of the shooting.

A makeshift memorial was set up outside the multi-family home, where mourners had placed flowers, candles and teddy bears.

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