UPDATE: The family of 17-year-old Matthew Carter has released the following statement on Facebook following the death of the Comeaux High School student:

It is with great sadness we announce that our Matthew has passed away. Thank you to all of our family, friends, teammates and the community for holding Matthew in prayer during the devastating tragedy our family has endured. These last few days we have been surrounded by the most heartfelt compassion and care, there is no way we can ever repay what everyone’s done for us.

Today Matthew left this world with a final and fitting act of love for others. He was always there for someone in need and now even in death, he will continue to give to others by donating his organs, making him not only our hero but also a hero to many others.

Our lives will be forever changed, please hold us in your hearts and prayers as we begin the hardest journey we will ever travel. Pray with us as we remember our beautiful boy Matthew and all he means to so many.

We would like to extend our love and sincere thanks to the staff of Lourdes Hospital, especially the ICU who worked so hard for our Matthew.

With love,
The Carter Family.

The Lafayette Parish School System released a statement as well:

“Our deepest condolences go out to Matthew's family and friends.  We will continue to offer support to the students and staff at Comeaux High School during this difficult time.”


There is sad news to report out of Lafayette this morning as it has been announced that a young football player from Comeaux High School who was shot this past weekend has died.

Lafayette Police Department officials are saying that Matthew Carter has succumbed to his injuries.

Two teens, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old have both been arrested in connection with the shooting. Their charges have been upgraded from Attempted First-Degree Murder to First-Degree Murder and both suspects are still in custody.

Members of the community have been coming together with an outpouring of support for the young man and his family.

So many people have gone to the blood center at Our Lady of Lourdes to donate blood in Matthew Carter's name to try to help defer medical costs.

Another way that people have been trying to help is by donating to a GofundMe account.

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