8th grader fatally shot in Freeport park

We're learning more about the 13-year-old boy fatally shot at a Freeport park on Wednesday evening.

FREEPORT, Texas -- We're learning more about the 13-year-old boy fatally shot at a Freeport park on Wednesday evening.

The Freeport Police Department identified the victim as Juan Borja.

Borja was an eight grader at Freeport Intermediate School. He was also a popular player for the school's football team, according to the principal.

Family members provided the public with new photos of the victim early Thursday.

According to police, the shooting happened at Peppermint Park on the corner of W. 8th Street and Locust Street around 5:30 p.m.

Police said they initially received a call about possible fireworks or gunshots. Minutes later, the person called back saying a teen was found unconscious in the grass. 

Emergency personnel immediately responded to the scene and transported the victim to Brazosport Medical Regional Hospital but doctors couldn't save him. 

The investigation is ongoing and nobody is in custody at this time.

Brazosport ISD posted the following statement Thursday morning on the district's Facebook page:

The school says counselors will be on campus Thursday to talk with the victim's classmates.

Call Freeport PD at 979-239-1211 if you have any information about the crime.

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