Stunned students at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School are mourning the death of 16-year-old Andy Zeng this week.
Grief counselors at the school were being made available to students, according to San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Heidi Anderson. On Sunday, the body of Zeng, a sophomore at the school, was found in a home in the Silver Terrace neighborhood. He was not a resident in the home. San Francisco police said Zeng was murdered.
The news of Zeng’s passing spread quickly among students on social media sites including Twitter and Tumblr.
“I found out during 3rd period today,” a Thurgood Marshall sophomore wrote on her Tumblr page Tuesday. “Marvin, Jason, Joanne, Eric and me were all in shocked (sic). We called your phone, you didn’t pick up. I cried during lunch.”
Four teenagers have been arrested and a fifth teen was being sought in connection with the killing. Police were called to a house in the 2100 block of Quesada Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
A resident in an upstairs unit of the two-story building smelled gas, went to check on the unit below and found Zeng. Rumors were circulating among some neighbors Monday that Zeng’s body was discovered with a bag over his head.
The suspects are accused of dousing the crime scene with liquid accelerant, either kerosene or gasoline, according to police.