Neighbors shocked, saddened by stabbing death

Connor Shockley, second from right (Provided Photo)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – 24-Hour News 8 has new information about the recent Fishers High School graduate that was stabbed to death Sunday night.

Police say 18-year-old Corbin Montgomery stabbed 18-year-old Connor Shockley to death last night.

It happened around 11p.m. in the Harrison Green Neighborhood near the intersection of Harrison Parkway and Lantern Road on Wooster Court.

Now, Fishers Police Department is investigating its first murder in 20 years.

Shockley had just recently graduated from Fishers High School.

“I found him in our sophomore yearbook. He was on the varsity football team,” said fellow graduate Carli Mandel.

Carlie lives across the street from where police found Shockley’s body. She says she wasn’t close friends of his, but certainly knew who he was.

“I knew he had a lot of friends and he was one of the popular guys,” she said.

Pictures of better days flooded Twitter Monday. Some show him geared up for baseball and others are of his family at sporting events.

“It’s hard as a mom to see that happen to some other child,” said neighbor Kelli Tord.

Neighbors in the tight-knit, safe community are surprised and saddened to find out what happened outside their windows last night.

“We moved to Fishers to feel safe and raise our children in a safe community and then all of a sudden this happens,” said neighbor Suzanne Mandel.

Others say they’ve had healthy discussions amongst themselves over what’s happening with the youth in Indianapolis and they were trying to figure out the cause behind the violence.

“I have no idea. I don’t. My father and I were talking and who knows where it comes from,” said neighbor Allan Hughes.

As for the parents in the neighborhood, they all are keeping their kids close and hugging them a little tighter. They know that there are heart broken parents in their community mourning the loss of their son.

“It was such a happy occasion a couple of weeks ago and now to lose their child so soon and so soon when he had his whole future ahead of him,” said Suzanne Mandel.

“I’ve been praying for them all night. I would never want to put this on anyone,” said Tord.

Upon hearing the tragic news, the Hamilton Southeastern School District released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by the death of Connor Shockley.

When the Hamilton Southeastern school district suffers such a tragedy, we struggle and question and grieve. We extend our sympathies to all those who knew Connor. It is difficult to come to terms with this kind of sadness and loss.

We will offer counseling for any of our students and staff who wish to seek help at the Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers High Schools counseling offices from 7:00am-2:00pm for the rest of the week.

The Fishers Police Department has been keeping us informed of this criminal investigation and we appreciate their diligence.

There will be a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in Connor’s honor at 7 p.m. at the Holy Spirit church in Geist.

Montgomery was a student at Hamilton Southeastern High School. He has been booked in the Hamilton County Jail on preliminary murder and involuntary manslaughter charges. He is held without bond.

Considering this is an ongoing investigation, Fishers Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 317-595-3300.

Pictured Corbin Montgomery (Provided photo/ Caitlin Gardner)
Pictured: Corbin Montgomery (Provided photo/ Caitlin Gardner) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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