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Two charged in Dale County teen shooting death

Ozark community mourns the loss of Carroll High School senior.
Christian Markoff, 17, died from a gunshot wound near the intersection of Young Avenue and Yancey Street in Ozark.
Christian Markoff, 17, died from a gunshot wound near the intersection of Young Avenue and Yancey Street in Ozark.
Family friend Martha English describes Markoff as a good student with a bright future before his life was cut short.
Family friend Martha English describes Markoff as a good student with a bright future before his life was cut short.

Two people have been charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Christian Markoff.  He died after he was shot in the chest near his home last night.

 

Ozark police held a news conference today about the investigation, and police expect to make additional arrests.  They also say the weapon was recovered and is being examined by forensic experts.

 

Family and friends say he was a good son, brother, friend and student who did not deserve for his life to end this way.  The senseless tragedy has left them devastated.   

 

"He was the only brother I had,” said little sister Summer Markoff.  Another sister, Bridgette Markoff added “He wasn't just a brother.  He was like my best friend."

 

Christian Markoff was set to graduate from Carroll High School this year.  Family and friends are trying to make sense of his death.

 

"Every person he touched in his life will always have a piece of gold,” said family friend Martha English.

 

"He didn't have an enemy. Everybody loved him,” said Brittney Miller, another friend of the family.

 

Police were called to the scene just after 10 p.m. last night and found the victim lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the chest. 

 

He was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, but did not make it.

 

School administration and students are also trying to cope.

 

"We're dealing with our students here that are going through the loss,” said Carroll High School Principal Patrick Brannan.  "When you have someone with their whole life ahead of them that gets taken out, that's very regrettable,” Ozark City Schools Superintendent Michael Lenhart said.

 

Authorities say they have determined a possible motive in the shooting, but they will not release those details, as the investigation is still underway. 

 

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