Pierre Police Chief Bob Grandpre asked the community to pray one day after a shooting left a 16-year-old boy dead.
“Our community suffered a tragic loss last night,” Grandpre said in a statement on the Pierre Police Department’s Facebook page. “Our hearts go out to the families of the three young men affected and I would ask the community to pray that God would provide comfort, healing, and understanding as they cope with the heartbreak.”
Braiden McCahren has been charged with first-degree murder.
“An incident like this is never easy, but I am also aware of the heightened concern for safety the community has due to recent national events,” the statement says. “There is nothing to indicate that what occurred last night has any connection.”
The statement says the police department heightened its presence in schools Wednesday to be available if students or teachers had any questions or needed help coping.
Students reported that Riggs High School teachers locked classroom doors while classes were in session.