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Palo Alto High School student identified as East Palo Alto homicide victim

District, Project Safety Net to offer guidance on discussing traumatic events with children

A Palo Alto High School student was fatally shot early Thursday morning in East Palo Alto, his family confirmed Friday.

Danilo Perez, 19, a senior at Paly and resident of East Palo Alto, succumbed to his injuries at the scene, East Palo Alto police said.

Perez attended Ohlone Elementary School, Frank Greene Middle School and Paly, according to Superintendent Don Austin. The district has notified and offered resources to staff at the three schools, he said.

Officers responded at 12:29 a.m. Thursday to an activation of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system in the 1200 block of Beech Street and found Perez suffering from gunshot wounds, according to police.

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office identified Perez in a press release issued Friday evening.

Police have not announced any arrest or suspect information in the shooting. Anyone with information about the case is asked to send an email to epa@tipnow.org, or a voicemail or text message to 650-409-6792. Tips can be made anonymously.

In response to inquiries about how to discuss difficult events with children, following the sudden death of a Palo Alto teacher on Monday, the school district is partnering with youth well-being collaborative Project Safety Net to host an open meeting next Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. for adults and staff on how to understand grief and talk with teenagers and children about traumatic events.

The meeting will take place at the Mitchell Park Community Center Matadero room at 3700 Middlefield Road. For more information and to register, go to eventbrite.com.

In a message to school district families on Thursday, Austin urged parents to reach out with any concerns about their children to their schools "so we can get them the help they need."

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