Juland Lafortune has been identified as the victim of a deadly shooting that occurred Friday night on Avondale Drive in Clarksville, according to the city’s police department.
Lafortune, a junior at Clarksville High School, was named to the All-Region 7-5A football team in 2020.
Last year, he transferred from Jo Byrns High School where he played basketball for the Red Devils.
The Clarksville High School football page has posted a note from coach Isaac Shelby that said the school’s fieldhouse will be open on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. for players to attend. Coaches, administrators and grief counselors will be available.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Clarksville Police Detective Lee (931-648-0656, ext. 5295), the tips line (931-645-8477) or submit a tip anonymously at P3tips.com/591.
Clarksville High School Principal Bryan Feldman sent a message to the school’s families on Saturday and said he was deeply saddened to learn of Lafortune’s death, and that thoughts and prayers are with both Juland’s family and the CHS family.
“Juland’s untimely death is a shock to all of us,” Feldman said. “As we grieve together, know that our focus is the emotional well-being of our school community. We will provide additional school counselors and support for days to come. Counselors will be available to any student, faculty, or staff member wishing to speak with someone for as long as they are needed.”
Juland’s friends and teammates are also sharing their thoughts on his life.
Said one anonymous Clarksville football teammate: “Before our playoff game against Munford, he stood up and talked about how he knew the seniors weren’t ready to be done and he wasn’t ready to be done playing with us and that he’d do anything in his power to make sure we had one more week together.”