Mifflin High School Mourns Student Killed By Gunfire.

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A court appearance is scheduled tomorrow (Thursday) for 19 year old Matthew Gardner of Columbus. He’s accused of fatally shooting his sister, 18 year old Venita Baker, while she was riding in a car on the city’s northeast side. Baker is being mourned at Mifflin High school where she was finishing her junior year. WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports.

Mifflin assistant principal, Dennis Dorsey says Baker’s death brought quiet to the schools halls and classrooms.

“It was almost eerie when the students came in off the buses. Its quiet, I mean, it was, normally they’re full of life and and laughing and having fun, they came in like it was almost like it was funeral home.”

Dorsey describes Baker as a “strong person” with a big smile. She was a member of the track team and the school choir. Dorsey says several students today sought out grief counselors stationed in the school library.

“We’re talking about having a fund-raiser here to help with the burial expenses. So its kind of a tough situation right now.”

Mifflin enrolls 700 students in grades 9 through 12.

Tom Borgerding WOSU News

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