FORT WORTH, TX – A popular North Texas high school athlete heading to college after graduation was fatally shot outside of an after-prom party over the weekend.
Rashard Guinyard was a track star at Crowley High School and planned to attend Abilene Christian University on an athletic scholarship.
Just two months ago, it was one of the happiest days for the Guinyard family when he announced his plans to attend ACU. His family say he was a popular and charming young man who was delighted this week to be nominated for prom king.
Kimberly Howard is devastated by the loss of her only son, Rashard Guinyard, 17. He was shot and killed early Sunday morning at an after-prom party in southwest Fort Worth.
“He was leaving the party to do curfew…because he had a curfew,” she said.
The straight high schooler was just months away from attending ACU on a dual track and scholarship. But this week, he was just happy to celebrate prom season.
“‘Mom, I’m about to go have a good time with them because they’re going to have a good time with me next Saturday for my prom,'” Howard recalled, telling her Guinyward.
Fort Worth police said they received the call just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning about a shooting in a mall parking lot on Altamesa Boulevard during a large rally.
Guinyard was shot at least once and died at the scene.
Another man was shot multiple times and taken to hospital in critical condition, police said.
Investigators say it’s unclear who started the shooting, but Howard says his dynamic, obedient son was never involved in any trouble.
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“He’s always the life of the party. He has a gorgeous smile,” she said.
Howard told FOX 4 that Guinyard has kept busy with school, his part-time job at Walmart and the race track with Crowley High School and the Fort Worth Flyers Track Club team.
Guinyard’s passion for athletics paved the way for realizing his dream of becoming an anesthesiologist.
“Her words were, ‘Mom, I want to be like God.’ He said, ‘I want to be able to put people to sleep and wake them up,'” Howard recalled.
Her mother is hoping someone will come forward with a cellphone video or any information about what happened.
Police are still trying to determine who was involved in the shooting and who were bystanders.