Silsbee, Buna communities mourn killing of 9th grade student

A touching tribute to Silsbee HS freshman Tristan Dilley, who was killed Sunday near Buna. 

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Silsbee High School student who was killed in the Buna area Sunday night.

In a prepared statement released Monday morning, the Silsbee Independent School District acknowledged the death of one of its students, offering its deepest prayers and condolences to the family.

Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn confirms the 19-year-old person of interest in the girl's death was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Dunn tells us two Jasper County deputies witnessed the shooting while en route to the man's location. They had been following him through cellphone signals.

The district has been working with students and staff members at the high school, comforting them with local clergy and counselors, the statement said.

District officials decided not to immediately release the student's name, but others from around Silsbee and Buna are taking to social media to express condolences.

Some of those include family members.

The girl has been identified through social media as 14-year-old Tristan Dilley. KFDM/Fox 4 has been able to confirm her identity.

Tristan also previously attended Buna schools.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitch Newman confirmed earlier Monday deputies are investigating the student's death near Buna.

According to Sheriff Newman, deputies were called out to the Buna area Sunday night.

Authorities are not releasing any details yet about the investigation at this time.

Silsbee ISD released the following statement:

Silsbee ISD and Silsbee High School regretfully acknowledges the loss of one of its students overnight on Sunday. Our deepest prayers and condolences go to the family of this loss.
At this time, the name and age of the student can’t be released as the family and friends cope with this tragic and sudden loss.
Silsbee ISD has been working to make sure that students and staff of Silsbee High School are comforted as they learned of this tragic and sudden loss this morning. There are currently many local clergy and counselors available on the campus to comfort and pray with those grieving.
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