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Families mourn deaths after shooting at high school party

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As classes resumed at Katy ISD's Morton Ranch High School, 17 year old Brayiannia Young prepared to leave Ben Taub hospital, her leg bandaged from a gunshot wound obtained at a weekend house party celebrating another girl's 18th birthday.

"I don't know who shot me. I had knew I would have said," she said. "It happened out of nowhere. They just started shooting out of nowhere."

Two Morton Ranch students, 16 year old Arielle Shepherd and 17 year old Qu'Eric Richardson, were killed during party. Two young men including Brayiannia's 21 year old brother Willie Young now face criminal charges related to the shooting.

18 year old Randy Stewart is charged with aggravated assault. He made his first court appearance Monday and is being held without bond.

Young is charged with deadly conduct, something his family and community activist Quannel X dispute.

"All I know is my son is innocent," Yolanda Young said, as she left the hospital with one child enroute to the Harris County Sheriff's department, to help another.

"This was a gang related shooting," said Quannel X. "Gangs are absolutely involved in this and gangs are putting messages out on Instagram right now that they are going after anybody who is snitching."

As the Young family tries to clear their son and brother, sheriff detectives are continuing their investigation. In the meantime, additional counselors have been assigned to Morton Ranch to help students cope with the unexpected deaths of classmates and the trauma of attending a party they learned about though social media sites.

Steve Stanford is a spokesperson for the Katy Independent School District.

"When you put your invitation on social media, you just don't know who will show up," Stanford said.

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