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Central Students React to Classmates Charged and Former Student Dead

Central Students React to Classmates Charged and Former Student Dead

By Lindsey Theis. CREATED May 14, 2014

Omaha, NE-Tonight Central High school is reeling. Two star athletes are accused of carrying out a brazen attack and a former student is dead. Two of those teens are in the Douglas County jail, charged as adults, each being held on $100,000 bond.

Omaha police say Markell Vaughn and Trevaun Ammons confronted Aquilee Muse last Friday near 21st and Burt.
In court today, prosecutors said Ammons punched Muse in the face, then Vaughn punched him in the head so hard, he hit his head on the concrete and fractured his skull.

Vaughn's cousin said said they feels terrible about the situation.

"Everyone knows him, he's known for just that person. Realy nice, competitive, he's an athlete, he's really famous around," Teonna Brye said.

Those who knew both the victim and the accused teens say there are no winners in Friday's fight. As school was out this afternoon, Central High students couldn't help but talk about their three classmates who weren't there. Doctors took former student Aquilee Muse off life support Tuesday. He was brain dead from the fight. The suspects are juniors Markell Vaughn and Trevaun Ammons.

"Everybody is just really upset about the situation. Nobody knows what to think about it," Seinna Garner, a student said.

Students wore blue to school today, Aquilee 's favorite color, another student told KMTV. Muse's family released a statement Tuesday saying in part, "Keke was a wonderful, loving and funny kid. He could put a smile on anyone's face. we always said that he should have his own comedy show."

We're learning more about the suspects too. Neither had a prior criminal background and classmates say they were stand out athletes. Markell Vaughn, a star wrestler, and Trevaun Ammons, a standout football player.

"Markell had just one his first state championship wrestling. And Tre- he was going to be a linebacker this year for our senior football team. I don't know, they were both great athletes. They all had good stuff going for them and now it's just gone," Samad Muhammad said.

Students have started to organize fundraisers for their friends, but are still trying to come to terms with what happened. A car wash will be held Saturday at 1p.m. at 65th and Ames and a Spaghetti dinner will be held Sunday at the Elk's Lodge at 24th and Lake.