(1/22/2020, 1:32PM) The Lafayette Parish School System issued the following statement:
“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.”
(1/22/2020, 12:07PM) Family of Matthew Carter releases statement:
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.
The Carter Family
Update (1/22/2020): Lafayette- On January 22, 2020, Lafayette Police was notified that the 17-year-old victim shot on 1/18/20 on N. Meyers Dr. was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Both suspects’ charges have been upgraded from Attempted First Degree Murder to First Degree Murder.
UPDATE (1/20/2020): A Comeaux High School football player was hospitalized after an armed robbery on Saturday. The Lafayette Police responded to the 100 block of North Meyer Drive after reports of an unidentified male being shot. The victim was later identified by family as Matthew Carter. Carter was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Two juveniles aged 13 and 14 years old were arrested for attempted first degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Lafayette- Lafayette Police responded to the 100 block of N. Meyers Dr. in reference to an unidentified male being shot. Upon officers arrival they located a 17-year-old male victim seated inside of vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition.
Two arrests have been made. A 13-year-old male juvenile along with a 14-year-old male juvenile were both located and arrested for Attempted First Degree Murder, one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. The motive for the shooting was robbery. The investigation remains on-going.