NEW ORLEANS - As students at the KIPP Believe College Prep school on Carrollton Avenue filed out of school Tuesday afternoon, they did so under the watchful eye of several New Orleans police officers.
The police presence came after two students at the school were shot and killed in separate incidents since Friday.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said both the victims were seeing each other, but detectives are trying to determine if the murders are connected.
Friday, KIPP Believe College Prep student Brandon Adams was shot and killed, and his brother was wounded as they were walking along a stretch of road in the Desire neighborhood.
On Monday police found the body of Christine Marcelin, 15, an eighth-grade student at KIPP Believe, in a secluded area of New Orleans East. She had been shot and killed.
The school has scheduled a peace vigil for Tuesday night at 6 p.m. to mourn those lost to violence.
"It makes me feel real bad something like that could happen in school here," said Farrow Wells, a grandfather of a student at the school. "I don't know what's going on."
Marcelin's body was found in the 5000 block of Alcee Fortier Boulevard in the Village D'Lest subdivision.
Adams was described as an honor student at KIPP. Marcelin was noted as a member of the Class of 2016 at KIPP.
“Christine always cared how other people were feeling, she put her team first always," said Scarlett Feinberg, Marcelin's sixth and seventh-grade math teacher. "She really cared that her friends were successful too, and she would talk to her classmates about being better."