LEXINGTON, S.C. — Lexington/Richland District 5 announced that a moment of silence for slain Dutch Fork student, DaVon Nathaniel Capers, will be held before Tuesday nights Dutch Fork-North Auigusta game at Dutch Fork.
A Lexington teen has been charged with murder in Monday's death of a Dutch Fork High School student.
Kierin Marcellus Dennis, 18, was arrested by the Lexington Police Department.
Dennis is charged with murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the stabbing death of DaVon Nathaniel Capers, 17, of Irmo.
Lexington Police received several tips from witnesses at the scene concerning the incident, and evidence and information gathered in the investigation, led to the arrest.
Dennis is in the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.
The stabbing death is believed to be this towns first murder in 22 years, city police said Tuesday.
Lexington County normally has at least several murders a year, but outside the town limits.
Meanwhile Lexington School District 1 whose students may have been involved in confrontations before the stabbing death released a statement saying that Lexington High School has a larger than normal police presence ... as a precaution, and school counselors and psychologists are providing support to students and staff today.
On Monday night, just before the stabbing at a downtown Lexington eatery, the Dutch Fork High School boys basketball team beat Lexington High School 50-45 in a tight game.
Lexington/Richland District 5 announced that a moment of silence for the slain Dutch Fork student will be held before Tuesday nights Dutch Fork-North Augusta game at Dutch Fork.
Tensions were high during the game, with one Lexington High School student holding a sign that said, ThugFork. After the game, Dutch Fork students were escorted from the gym to their cars in the parking lot by police. The police ensured that Dutch Fork students left by one exit, and that Lexington High students left by another.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he planned to put extra deputies at the Dutch Fork basketball game Tuesday night.
In its statement, attributed to Lexington High principal Melissa Rawl, Lexington School District 1 also said, We are asking students not to pass along rumors they are hearing but, rahter, to report those rumors to a school administrator or the School Resource Officer, Lonnie McElwain. We are working closely with Town of Lexington police.
The principal also told students and parents that the district has a tip line where anonymous tips can be passed on: 803-821-1232.
Meanwhile, the State Law Enforcement Division has assisted, a SLED spokesman said Tuesday morning.
Grief counselors were also being sent to Dutch Fork High School to counsel with students and staff, a school statement said.
We sent our crime scene technicians to process the scene, SLED spokesman Thom Berry said.
Everything else the Lexington Police Department is handling.
Capers Facebook account, open to the public at 5 a.m. Tuesday, had been closed down by 8 a.m.
However, his Twitter account, was still open.
On Twitter, Capers described himself as just a young dude living life and added small city big dreams.
He had 670 Twitter followers. Early Tuesday, his Twitter feed had messages like RIP Cape and I know youre still there because its all a dream,
Only three days ago, Capers had tweeted, Blessed to see another day.
The stabbing occurred following a basketball game between Lexington High School and Dutch Fork at Lexington. Dutch Fork won 50-45. After the game, the Dutch Fork visiting students were escorted by police out of gym and into the parking lot so they could get in their cars, according to a State photojournalist at the game.
Tuesday morning, District Five Superintendnt Dr. Stephen Hefner released this statement:
The entire District Five family is saddened to learn of the death of one of its students. DaVon Nathaniel-Capers was a senior at Dutch Fork High School and a member of the football team.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the students family as law enforcement officials continue their investigation into his untimely death.
Plans are underway to have grief counselors available for students and staff needing assistance as we all come to terms with this tragedy.
According to the Lexington police department statement, Lexington police were called to the Cookout restaurant, 515 West Main St., at 9:47 p.m. Monday in reference to an ongoing fight.
Once on scene, officers learned that the fight resulted in the victim, Davon N. Capers, being stabbed.
Mr. Capers was taken to the Lexington Urgent Care by a friend. He was then transported by ambulance to Lexington Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Lexington police Lt. Matt Davis said the fight was between two males and it began as a verbal altercation that turned violent.
Police have been questioning witnesses and others to determine what happened. Davis said the incident stemmed from the basketball game between the two schools.
The Lexington Police Department is asking anyone with any information about this case to contact the Lexington Police Department at 359-6260 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Capers was a former football player for the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes.
Sarah Longshore, an assistant principal at Dutch Fork, tweeted: "May angels walk with Davon today and always. Wishing peace for his family, friends, teachers, teammates, and classmates. RIP."
"Students and faculty will gather in the arena this morning at 8:10 for a moment of silence in loving memory of Davon." - @dutchforkhigh
"DFHS is saddened by loss of one of our own students, Davon Capers. Hoping for peace & comfort for his family, friends, & school community." - @dutchforkhigh
"Goes without saying that we are saddened beyond belief tonight at the passing of Davon Capers. Thoughts and prayers to everyone close to him." - @DutchForkBball
There were altercations between opposing fan bases following the previous game between the two teams. At Monday night's game, security was evident at the Lexington gym, where the Silver Foxes defeated the Wildcats.