UPDATED: South Provides Support Services to Witnesses, Other Students Who Live Where Grad Was Shot

Joshua Holmes, 18, was a 2012 Hinsdale South graduate who was the victim of a drive-by shooting Monday night in unincorporated Willowbrook.

UPDATED: 4:50 a.m. on Sept. 26

Hinsdale South staff and administrators are working closely with HCS Family Services in Hinsdale to provide support for about 250 students who live in the Hinsdale Lake Terrace Apartment complex in unincorporated Willowbrook. A 2012 Hinsdale South graduate was shot and killed on the grounds of the apartment complex where he lived, and a few Hinsdale South students were witnesses of the shooting, according to Hinsdale South Principal Brian Waterman.

The principal at Hinsdale South released a statement Tuesday afternoon on the shooting of a 2012 Hinsdale South graduate Monday night.

Joshua Holmes, 18, was shot in the area of Honeysuckle Rose Lane and Lilac Lane Monday night.

 At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Hinsdale South Principal Brian Waterman sent a statement to parents informing them of the incident.

"As you are aware, approximately 250 Hinsdale South students live in the Hinsdale Lake Terrace community and may potentially be affected by this situation.  Please be assured that all of the support services available at Hinsdale South, including guidance and social work, have been made available to all Hinsdale South students in this time of need.  If your child(ren) is in need of social and/or emotional support services, please do not hesitate to contact Hinsdale South High School at (630) 468-4000. On behalf of Hinsdale South, we would like to offer our sincere condolences and thoughts to Joshua’s family and friends." 

Waterman said no school memorials are planned at this time, but the school is dispatching staff to work HCS Family Services at a crisis center that was set up in Hinsdale Lake Terrace Resource Building.

"Many of our students were affected by this situation...At this point what we’ve done this morning is made our social workers and counselors fully available and touched base individually with students who were witnesses or who were more closely involved," Waterman told Patch.

Waterman said Hinsdale South staff will be on hand at the crisis center after school.

"Just in case some students come home from school and need support services on site...we'll be there after school probably for at least a couple hours or as needed," said Waterman.

READ: Several of the children nearby when the shooting occurred were in fourth grade or younger.

Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating leads and say it appears that Holmes was targeted, and there is no information to indicate that the community is in danger.

*Patch will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

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