Friends react to murder of Fishers teen

Pictured Corbin Montgomery (Provide Photo/ Caitlin Gardner)
Pictured Corbin Montgomery (Provide Photo/ Caitlin Gardner)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH)- Friends of 18-year-old Connor Shockley and the teen charged with his murder spoke with 24-Hour News 8 about the recent stabbing death in Fishers.

We learned Monday that Connor Shockley recently graduated from Fishers High School. His friends said he was a great football and baseball player.

Police haven’t released a motive about why Shockley was stabbed, but friends said he was trying to turn his life around.

“He always had a big smile on his face. You’d think he loved life,” said Allie Gardner of Fishers.

That’s the way Gardner will remember Shockley. She and her older sister, Caitlin, went to school with him at Fishers High School.

“He’s so unique in personality wise. He was hilarious. He had the best sense of humor,” Caitlin said.

“He would come into my study hall and would hang out. He just brought everybody’s mood brighter,” said Allie.

But Sunday, police say the mood outside a home on Wooster Court was anything but. Officers responded to a 911 call of a fight. When police arrived on the scene they found Shockley lying in the grass between two homes.  Police said he was stabbed to death.

“He was trying to make changes in his life and he was making a point he wanted to get better for him and his family,” Allie said.

Police arrested 18-year-old Corbin Montgomery of Fishers. Allie said she’s still trying to comprehend what all happened.

“I can’t imagine what’s going through Corbin’s mind right now because it wasn’t intentional, knowing Corbin, I just know he wouldn’t kill somebody intentionally,” she said.

Caitlin said she last saw Shockley Friday night.

“I can’t believe that that was the last time I was going to get to talk to Connor,” Caitlin said, “It’s so surreal, because I also saw Corbin on Saturday night after the Dave Matthews concert, so being with both of them within like 48 hours; it was like wow.”

Caitlin said she was invited to attend that Sunday night party, but didn’t go. She said she wishes she had gone maybe to prevent what happened.

“Maybe we could have liked helped Connor or prevented it all in the same situation. Maybe we would’ve been hanging out in a different room,” she said.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office preliminarily charged Corbin Montgomery with murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Allie and Caitlin said Montgomery was scheduled to attend the University of Kentucky this fall.

Police have not released a motive for the killing and they’re not releasing any information on who hosted the party.

Corbin Montgomery. (Provided Photo/Hamilton County Jail)
Corbin Montgomery. (Provided Photo/Hamilton County Jail)
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