Students and faculty from Covenant Christian Academy in Loganville learned Friday of the death of a student from the school.
In the school's weekly publication, Friday Facts, a picture of the 15-year-old is accompanied by the words, "Our COVENANT family mourns the tragic loss of Jonathan Russell, Class of 2015. Please be in prayer for the Russell family."
Friends who knew him are stunned. Linda Brown, whose son was a classmate of the teen, said he seemed a happy teenager with a loving family. She said she saw him on Monday and all seemed fine.
Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith confirmed that police had responded Thursday night to the family home in Loganville and found the teen in the basement with a gunshot wound. Smith said the death is being classified as self-inflicted.
Jonathan was transported to Eastside Medical Center by Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, but he didn't survive the injury. Funeral service details are not yet available.