Foreman, AR student shot, killed at birthday party

Caitlin Caskey, 17 (Source: Caitlin Caskey's Facebook page, confirmed by Little River County...
Caitlin Caskey, 17 (Source: Caitlin Caskey's Facebook page, confirmed by Little River County authorities)
Published: Jan. 25, 2016 at 11:02 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2016 at 11:02 PM CST
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FOREMAN, AR (KSLA) - Students and faculty in the Foreman, Arkansas School District are mourning the loss of a 17-year-old high school student.

Last week, it was the Ashdown School District in Little River County that mourned the death of a 10-year-old boy when the car he was riding in was struck by a train.

Now, tears are flowing in another part of the county after a shooting over the weekend claimed the life of Caitlin Caskey.

"She was very well thought of. I know she was involved in the golf team that placed second in the state," said Foreman School District Superintendent George Kennedy.

Little River County prosecuting attorney Bryan Chesshir said it all happened at a house in the 2800 block of Highway 32, just east of Foreman.

"The homeowner is the one who shot the young lady. The homeowner was having a birthday party for her 16-year-old daughter," explained Chesshir.

Chesshir said the homeowner, 40-year-old Tracie Dierks, is being held in the Little River County jail on a homicide charge.

"So far, it does not appear this was intentional, but I do believe that it is a good possibility there will be criminal responsibilities for it," said Chesshir.

Authorities are not releasing what actually took place inside the home. Chesshir said there were about 26 - 32 teenagers inside when the shooting happened, and police recovered an AR-15 rifle that was believed to be used in the shooting.

"It is going to take some time for everyone to heal and move forward," said Kennedy.

Kennedy said the death is a double hit on his district since Caitlin's mother is an elementary teacher at one of the schools.

"We have various pastors available as well as counselors and made those available to the students throughout the day and I think things are going very well," said Kennedy.

As the school tries to heal, Tuesday's basketball game has been canceled.

Dierks is scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday morning and Chesshir said official charges will be filed at that time.

The case remains under investigation.

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