Essex County officials have confirmed that the tragic death of a teenage boy in Belleville was not the result of a homicide, dispelling rumors circulating on social media about possible foul play on Thursday.
The incident occurred before 3:45 p.m. at an undisclosed location in the town. Authorities have stated that it was a self-inflicted incident, providing some clarity to the situation.
Due to the sensitive nature of the incident, RLS Media has declined to disclose publicly specific details, including the boy's address, the exact location of the incident and other circumstances.
Notifications regarding the incident were made to school officials, who are expected to meet with staff members for further discussions shortly before 7:30 a.m. RLS Media has learned.
The Honorable Mayor Michael Melham expressed condolences on social media for two recent incidents this week, although he did not provide extensive details about these situations.
“Prayers for our beloved Belleville and more importantly two families that have been recently impacted by tragedy this week.
I'm purposely not disclosing any details. Other than saying I've been briefed on two incidents by our emergency services and have been in contact with School District leadership.
Simply asking for your collective thoughts and prayers for two Belleville families this evening”. -Mayor Melham (Facebook)
Earlier this week, RLS Media reported on a tragic crash involving a teenage girl on a bike. Belleville Police officials stated that a vehicle struck the girl, resulting in serious injuries. You can read the full story by clicking HERE.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has not announced its involvement in the incident, and no further information will be released at this time.
Our condolences go out to the victim's family and the entire Township of Belleville.