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The Latest: 14-year-old killed in Eau Claire shooting, man being held on recommended murder charge

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - The Eau Claire Area School District is working with the police department after incoming student Marwan Washington was shot and killed on Wednesday.

According to the district, Washington was going to be a freshman at North High School in the fall.

Here is the full statement from the school district:

“It is with great sadness that we share that an incoming North High School freshman, Marwan Washington, age 14, died tragically yesterday. He had not attended school in the ECASD for the past two years but prior to that time was a student at DeLong Middle School and was returning to our District this fall.

This is a devastating situation for our community. We are working collaboratively with the Eau Claire Police Department to provide services and support to the family, students, and staff,’ said Michael Johnson, Superintendent. ‘We ask that you join all of us in the ECASD in keeping his family and friends in your thoughts at this time.’”

Eau Claire Area School District


EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - Eau Claire police tell News 18 that Austin Vang is dating Marwan Washington's older sister and all them live together in the 2800 block of Terry Lane.

Police add Vang has a history of negligence with weapons. They say he was on scene when they arrived on Wednesday and has been cooperative.

Eau Claire police are not saying what led up to the shooting.

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - A 14-year-old was shot and killed on Wednesday and now authorities are recommending a homicide charge against a suspect.

According to the Eau Claire Police Department, Marwan Washington, 14, was found shot dead on Wednesday. Police say the suspect is Austin Vang, 26.

Vang is being held in the Eau Claire County Jail on a recommended charge of 1st degree reckless homicide.

"The circumstances around this is a 14-year-old boy was lost in a tragic, senseless, reckless act. Obviously gun owners need to be responsible gun owners, but responsible gun owners know that they have to lock up their weapons inside the home," said Deputy Chief Derek Thomas.

Police say it is an "isolated incident" and no additional suspects are being looked for. Autopsy results are expected in a couple of weeks.

On Wednesday night, WQOW was told by Eau Claire police that it was an accidental shooting, but that has since changed.

This is a developing story.