GSU Student shot and killed, friend arrested

Coleton Weatherford

STATESBORO, Ga. – One Georgia Southern student is dead and another is facing charges after a shooting Wednesday morning.

Bulloch County Deputies responded to the crime around 2:20am at a home on Planters Lane.

There they found 20-year-old Blake Shurling of Tennille, Georgia dead of a gunshot wound.

After interviews with tenants, Deputies arrested 20-year-old Coleton Weatherford of Statesboro.  He’s charged with Manslaughter-Felony, Reckless Conduct, and Discharging a Firearm while Under the Influence.

Both Weatherford and Shurling are GSU students and know each other well, according to deputies.  Investigators say alcohol was a significant factor in the shooting.

Weatherford remains at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial hearings.

Georgia Southern University officials released the following statement, “The Georgia Southern University community is saddened to learn of an off-campus incident that resulted in the accidental shooting death of one of our students, Blake Kenneth Shurling. The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office notified Georgia Southern police that they are investigating. Our thoughts are with the friends and families during this time. Counseling is available for our students as we all grieve this tragedy.”

Anyone with further information on this case should contact Cpt Todd Hutchens at 912-764-1787.

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