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In brief: Drive-by shooting kills high-schooler in Lake Stevens

SEATTLE – A 15-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting in Lake Stevens on Saturday night. She was a freshman at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School.

The president of the private Catholic school, Antonio DeSapio, issued a statement Sunday confirming that the victim was Molly Conley, of Seattle. He called it “a terrible act of random violence.”

Conley was reportedly walking with friends, including several classmates, and celebrating her birthday in Lake Stevens on Saturday night when she was shot in the neck.

Conley lived in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, and her family’s church, Our Lady of Fatima, scheduled a Sunday night prayer service in her memory.

Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Rochon confirmed that the sheriff’s major crimes team is assisting Lake Stevens police with the investigation, but he said Sunday he had no further information about the crime.

Motorcade honors killed state trooper

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – As many as 150 police cruisers participated Sunday in a motorcade honoring a Washington State Patrol trooper killed in a motorcycle crash last week.

Trooper Sean O’Connell died Friday after his motorcycle collided with a box truck. The 38-year-old had been working traffic control related to a detour established after the collapse of a section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The motorcade carrying the trooper’s body traveled from Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon to a funeral home in downtown Everett. Firefighters and motorcyclists waving American flags lined overpasses along the way.

O’Connell was a 16-year veteran of the state patrol.

Billings schools drop marching bands

BILLINGS – The Billings School District has decided to drop the “marching” part of its high school band classes.

Music director Scott Corey said the bands will continue to play at sporting events but won’t be playing on the field at halftime of football games.

Corey said students usually worked up routines for two 10-minute performances during the football season. He said teachers felt it took time away from music instruction.

Band directors also found they were losing incoming freshmen because many of the students didn’t want to march.


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