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Body of teenage boy found in desert identified as Pebble Hills High student

Body of teenage boy found in desert identified as Pebble Hills High student

A body found in a desert area in Far East El Paso last week has been identified by police.

Authorities were searching for a teenage boy who was reported missing by his parents.

Socorro Independent School District officials placed Pebble Hills High School under a "reverse evacuation" Thursday after receiving information about Devin Kelley missing.

Kelley's parents told school officials they needed help looking for Kelley after he had left home with a weapon.

The search continued Friday, but authorities did not confirm Friday that Kelly had been found.

According to a GoFundMe account, Kelley was found dead on Friday with a weapon near him.

El Paso police said Monday, the body found in a desert area down the street from Pebble Hills High School.

Kelley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to El Paso.

Family, friends and supporters of Kelley have been posting to social media that an action to stop bullying needs to happen.

As for this particular case, the district cannot comment on exactly what happened because it is a private matter.

They did say they encourage bullying to be reported on their website.

According to the Marivel Macias, assistant superintendent, the page is used daily.

"David's Law, what it does, it provides Texas public schools the authority to address cyberbullying that occurs outside of school grounds," Macias said.

Hashtag #RiseForDevin showed images and video of a balloons released in Devin's honor Monday morning.

Tammi Mackeben is the Director of Guidance and Counseling at SISD. She said parents play a crucial role when it comes to talking to their kids.

"Teenage life is very difficult. It is a difficult time, it's a scary time, it's a confusing time, but there's adults out there that want to talk and want to help you ," Mackeben said.

A friend KFOX14 spoke to on Friday said the teen was part of the band at Pebble Hills High School. She described him as outgoing, funny and said he talked to everyone in the band.

The district said students who are found guilty of cyberbullying could face consequences, depending on the level of bullying and their ages. They can also face consequences for making fun of a someone who has already committed suicide.


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