Suspect's dad says accused killer is South Hills student

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by JONATHAN BETZ / WFAA-TV

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Posted on April 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 19 at 9:18 AM

FORT WORTH — There is new information about the two juveniles who are accused of murdering a Fort Worth honor student.

It now appears that at least one of the two accused killers of 17-year-old Eric Forrester is another high school student.

Terrence Elliot told News 8 that his 16-year-old son Clifton was being held in juvenile detention for Forrester's murder.

"My son's in custody, that's all I know," the elder Elliot told News 8.

Elliot said his son is a sophomore at South Hills High School in Fort Worth — just two miles away from Southwest High, which Forrester attended.

"It hit me hard because he's my only child," Elliot said. "He don't really deserve to be going through all this because he's a good student at school, as well as a good child."

Elliot's son is one of two juveniles being held for the crime.

It was unclear whether Forrester had any prior contact with the suspects.

Forrester, 17, was shot and killed Monday after surprising two intruders in his Fort Worth home in the 6400 block of Poco Court. Police said the suspects stole three laptop computers from the residence.

Bruce Rogers, who was initially arrested in connection with the homicide, remains in jail. Police dropped murder charges against the 24-year-old, but they still call him a "person of interest" in the case.

Rogers' alleged involvement remains unclear, and civil rights activist Kyev Tatum is demanding his release.

"This young man's face will forever be connected to the murder of this young man, and he had nothing to do with it," said Tatum, who is president of the Fort Worth chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Police have not yet explained how all three suspects are connected and involved.

Family members, friends and fellow students were preparing to bury Eric Forrester — a musician, Boy Scout, swimmer and honor roll student — on Monday.

"It's been a wonderful outpouring of support from the community, and it has helped," said Hugh Redd, the victim's uncle.

Hundreds are expected to attend Eric Forrester's funeral on Monday. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5001 Altamesa Boulevard, in Fort Worth.

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