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Northwest Local School District closed Tuesday

Posted at 7:18 AM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 10:17:37-05

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — After a homicide near Northwest High School last Thursday, officials announced on Facebook that the district's schools would be closed on Tuesday.

Officials said the closure will be used to "further educate" staff members on safety procedures and give them security updates. The district also canceled classes and all activities at the high school last Friday and offered grief counselors to students.

RELATED: Deadly shooting near Northwest HS started as fight between students, officials say

This comes less than a week after Colerain Township police said Brian Holmes Jr., 18, shot two people near Northwest High School, killing one.

Det. Mike Stockmeier with the Colerain Township Police Department said two students at Northwest High School decided to fight after school that Thursday, and one student called Holmes for help. Holmes brought a gun, and the shooting happened before the fight started.

Rashad Shahid, 25, was killed in the shooting, and another juvenile was shot but had minor injuries.

Police arrested Holmes and a 17-year-old co-defendant. They face murder charges. Holmes also faces a felonious assault charge and is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

The shooting happened about 2 p.m. on a neighborhood street one block from the high school. Prosecutors are reviewing multiple witness accounts.

Shahid and the unnamed 17-year-old male drove away after the shooting and were found a few miles away on Waycross Road in Springfield Township. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office pronounced Shahid, a Northwest grad, dead. The other victim was shot in the arm.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will decide whether the student involved will be charged as an adult, Colerain Township Police Department spokesman Jim Love said.