Coroner: 13-year-old boy died in Hornerstown shooting

A news conference was held Monday regarding the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy over the weekend. (WJAC)

JOHNSTOWN – A 13-year-old boy was identified Monday as the victim who died in a shooting over the weekend in the Hornerstown section of the city.

Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said Marquise Martin died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

His death marks the 11th homicide in Cambria County this year and the eighth in the city.

Johnstown Police Chief Bob Johnson said he has good reason to believe the Martin shooting is connected to the homicide earlier this month in which Tavion Williamson was gunned down.

At the time of the shooting Saturday, police said two "kids" who were with Martin were taken into custody. It is unclear if charges will be filed against them.

Martin was shot just after Saturday night on Messenger Street. His body was found on a nearby porch on Oak Street around 10 p.m.

The Greater Johnstown School District sent out a news release in reference to Martin’s death, saying the district as a whole “mourns the loss of a young man. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy.”

The district said a panel discussion will be held at Johnstown Middle School Tuesday to address this type of violence and what can be done from a community standpoint.

Officials said Martin was a cyber school student.

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