Star teen athlete gunned down in bizarre break-in incident

A handout image of 16-year-old Caleb Gordley.

A handout image of 16-year-old Caleb Gordley.

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, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

A star high school athlete is dead after mistakenly breaking into the wrong home in a bizarre tragedy.

Despite being grounded, Caleb Gordley, 16, a three-sport athlete at a Washington, D.C.-area prep school, reportedly snuck out of his Sterling home Saturday night to attend a party.

Following what's thought to have been a booze-fuelled night, a group of Gordley’s friends attempted to drop him off at home, but instead helped him break into a house that was two doors away, according to the Washington Post.

When the home’s owner awoke to a burglar alarm set off by Gordley entering the home through a side window, he grabbed his gun before encountering the teen at the staircase, authorities told the Post.

The man then fired a warning shot before firing another at Gordley, striking and killing him.

“(My son) climbed through an UNLOCKED window and staggered up the staircase that is identical to mine,” Gordley’s father posted to Twitter.

“I was just informed that Caleb and his friend hopped the fence into the wrong backyard. They both thought it was my house.”

While the investigation continues, police said no charges have been filed.

Virginia’s state legislature recently passed a bill that allows for lethal force against intruders without the threat of civil or criminal charges.

Loudoun County Sherriff Mike Chapman told an ABC affiliate in Arlington that officers are dealing with a "tragic set of circumstances."

"My heart just breaks for this family,” Chapman said.

The teen’s parents have scheduled a service for their son Thursday, his father announced via Twitter.

Gordley’s mother, Jeanne, told the Associated Press she understands the entire incident was an accident.

"I'm praying he wasn't scared at that moment," Gordley’s father said.

The incident is eerily similar to a recent run-in between an NHL prospect and a San Antonio family.

Last week, Florida Panthers centre Scott Timmins escaped injury after allegedly breaking into a Texas home in a drunken stupor.

The home’s owner, Benjamin Garza, said Timmins was lucky he wasn’t home “because I would've put a bullet between (his) eyes.”


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