Police nab suspect in Fort Worth high school slaying

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by CASEY NORTON and CRAIG CIVALE / WFAA-TV

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Posted on April 14, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 14 at 6:37 PM

FORT WORTH — Late Wednesday afternoon, Fort Worth police arrested a suspect in the shooting death of 17-year-old Eric Jon Forrester, an honor student at Southwest High School.

Bruce Terrell Rogers, 24, was nabbed in Crowley and will be charged with capital murder in connection with Monday's crime in the 6400 block of Poco Court in Fort Worth.

Police talked to several witnesses who said they saw two possible suspects walking through a nearby apartment complex immediately after the shooting.

"I didn't know what was going on, but I know one of them looked directly in my face," said Erica Dobbins. "He had a computer in his hand."

The identity of the second suspect was still a mystery Wednesday evening.

Police said Rogers and the accomplice are believed to have stolen three laptop computers from Forrester's home: a Dell, an HP and a Toshiba. They sold them on the street and then left the area.

"This is our area, and if they're still out — hey, there's no telling what they might do," Dobbins said.

Police very interested in speaking with anyone who may have made a face-to-face transaction for these computers since Monday. Call the Homicide Unit at 817-392-4330 or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (817-469-8477) if you have any information. Officials emphasized that no one who purchased the laptops will face any charges.

Investigators had appealed for help from the public to identify and capture Rogers just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. A short time later, he was taken into custody by the department's fugitive unit, police said.

Eric Forrester was gunned down in his kitchen on Monday afternoon. He died Tuesday morning.

The Southwest High School senior had gone home for lunch with his older sister when they encountered the intruders in the house.

At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where Forrester's family worshiped, friends and classmates posted handwritten notes for Eric, saying they had never heard anything bad about him, and praised him with words like "humility, purity and priesthood."

"All of the kids — older kids and younger kids — in our congregation here, our local ward, really liked Eric," said  church spokesman Brent Petersen. "Just couldn't ask for a better young man."

The church will focus a Wednesday evening memorial service towards Eric's friends, who still have unanswered questions, and will try to provide comfort for the victim's family.

"Eric was obviously doing the right things and was going in the right direction," Petersen said. "There's no question of where he is and what standing he's going to have on the other side."

The church hoped the memorial will give Eric's friends the opportunity to share happy memories about his life.

News 8 has learned that murder suspect Bruce Rogers just got out of prison last year for another violent crime. He had been convicted in March 2005 for injury to a child and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Just 15 days after he was released, he was arrested and later convicted of a theft charge, which landed him another short stretch in jail.

Now the 24-year-old is facing a capital murder charge. Investigators said his bond would be set at $1 million.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com and ccivale@wfaa.com

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