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Nov. 2, 2008

Blair freshman killed on county bus

by Sophie Schwadron, Online Editor-in-Chief
After a dispute on a Montgomery County Ride On bus last night, freshman Tai Lam, 14, was shot and killed, WTOP News reported this morning. Two other students are currently in serious condition at Georgetown University MedStar Hospital. At least one of those students also attends Blair.

The three students, all underclass males, were on the bus around 11 p.m. and got into an argument with another group of three to five young people. As the other group exited the bus at Piney Branch Road and Arliss Street, one of them turned and fired several shots into the bus, according to the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD). All three boys received gunshot wounds and were transported to a local trauma center, the MCPD confirmed. As of this morning, the MCPD had not released the boys' identities.

Silver Chips Online is still compiling information, and a more complete story will be posted soon.



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  • nonameneeded on November 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM
    oh my god.
  • ... on November 2, 2008 at 2:02 PM
    oh man...this is horrible
  • Anonymous on November 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM
    A moment of silence.
  • Teddy! (View Email) on November 2, 2008 at 2:59 PM
    Ow, so sad... I hope justice is served.
  • freshman (View Email) on November 2, 2008 at 3:15 PM
    RIP Tai Lam...
    Sweetest kid ever.
  • Erik Agard (View Email) on November 2, 2008 at 3:23 PM
    RIP Tai Lam - you'll be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.
  • ALUMNAE3 on November 2, 2008 at 10:06 PM
    I heard about this this AM bc Piney Branch Rd was closed. I had no idea it was bc of a shooting.
    On th 10pm new I just saw Quy Lam: I graduated from Blair w her.
    It was her 14yr old younger brother who was murdered. Very sad.
  • Eli Barnett on November 2, 2008 at 10:17 PM
    RIP.

    It's always sad when things like this happen.

    To the school: If you have a moment of silence this time, please don't have someone talking in the background like last time. It's not very conducive to being respectful.
  • Austin Liou on November 3, 2008 at 12:23 AM
    according to NBC4, he wasnt arguing with the other group. it was just two other groups on the bus. i know either way, he was killed...but this shows the good kid he was, getting caught in the crossfire, instead of someone who caused his own death by arguing. RIP tai, he was in my english class...
  • Brian Clanton (View Email) on November 3, 2008 at 8:21 AM
    R.I.P. Tai Lam. Your friends and family are in my prayers.
  • Ms. Portillo on November 3, 2008 at 9:38 AM
    We, at Oak View ES, all remember Tai Lam with great affection. He was an Honor Student here and a really nice boy. This is a terrible tragedy. I wish to express my sympathy to Tai's family and all his siblings who were also part of the Oak View family.
  • Hien Le (View Email) on November 3, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    I didn't want it to be you. RIP Tai! We Know you're in a better place now. I'll miss you lil man. Viet Pride all the way! Stay fresh up there ya hear?
  • R on November 3, 2008 at 3:43 PM
    This is just so awful :-(
  • Anon on November 3, 2008 at 3:52 PM
    I did not know him. To be honest, I don't even thin I have heard his name.
    However, that does not stop me from feeling the pain we all do. He was a Blazer, like all of us. A lot of people like him, as a friend. I bet he was a good friend too. He will always be. He had so much ahead for him. I wish I knew him. It truly is horrible that stuff like this happens. I don't know why anyone would do something so terrible. I hope him and his family and friends get justice to the scum who did this.
  • student on November 3, 2008 at 4:25 PM
    this is terrible.
    i have him and his family in my prayers

    let him rest in peace
    and teach us we should live in peace
  • SHIKARA (View Email) on November 3, 2008 at 5:48 PM
    YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND MISSED
  • Daritza (View Email) on November 3, 2008 at 6:15 PM
    He was the sweetest person ever. He was the type of person who nobody could be mad at. He had the biggest smile ever. Although he was small an short his heart could never be compared with that. He will truly be missed and justice will be served. He wouldn't want us to cry over his grave but he would've wanted us to celebrate his life an stay as fresh as possible. School will never be the same without him. We must keep him in our prayers and know that he is in a better place. We all know that he is looking down at us with love and care. He was not only a friend but he was a brother never forgotten. We will all see him again when our time comes, till then never forget his smile, hugs, and love that he shared with us all. IN LOVING MEMORY OF TAI LAM; may you rest in peace.
  • :: (View Email) on November 3, 2008 at 6:43 PM
    I barely knew him, he only gave me one hug. But, I will always remeber him as the guy with the big smile and a very stylish scarf. You will be loved forever.
  • sahaana (View Email) on November 4, 2008 at 9:05 AM
    Rip man, we'll always be thinking of you. it's just not fair what happened, not at all..you had so much of life left to live...we'll miss you =[
  • Adamatu koroma (View Email) on November 4, 2008 at 2:13 PM
    he was a nice and kind person.we will never forget you man.may his soul rest in peace.we missed you so much you will loved for ever.

    RIP
  • charizard on November 4, 2008 at 5:31 PM
    does anyone know who the 2 other people who were shot are? i hope they are ok...they were in critical condition.
  • Jordan on November 5, 2008 at 8:00 AM
    Carlos Vasques got shot in his ribs and
    E-Man(Emannuel) got shot in his leg
    They were both OK because the bullet went through them
    Luckily they were walking the night of the memorial
  • Me on November 5, 2008 at 2:50 PM
    Dang Tai.. Live long and prosper in heaven. You'll be missed and loved here at Blair.
  • chocolate bun on November 5, 2008 at 4:36 PM
    awwwwwww he's such a nice kid even if pplz didn't kno him well
  • Naqwan on November 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM
    Tai didnt deserve to get shot hopefully they will find the person actually they will R.I.P Tai
  • yihana jimenez (View Email) on November 7, 2008 at 11:36 PM
    he was a good kid a friend and was so nice when i saw him at his memorial i started cring because of the cruelty he was oly 14! WELL ALL I GOT TO SY IS LIL TAI WE WIL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS U
  • Leesh on November 8, 2008 at 6:25 PM
    no, i didnt know Tai personally but i believe i saw him in silver srping a few times. he was just so cutee and had the BIGGEST smile ever. he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time =/ i will keep him and his family in my prayers.
    -the good die young .
    RIP TAI .
  • Lisa Ma on December 2, 2008 at 8:30 PM
    Tai, I named my Mission Possible Project after you. It's called TaiSun. I miss you a lot and I really want to feel that annoying little punch you gave me everytime I saw you in the hallway. I pray for you every night. You never got to friend me on fb anyways. <3 Lisa
  • BABY GURL (View Email) on December 14, 2008 at 1:00 PM
    DAM...DAYS HAVE PASSED ND I STILL HAVENT GOTTEN OVER IT...I WISH DA BEST FOR HIM ND HIS FAMILY IM SRRY DAT HAPPEND.....BUTT WE CANT GO BACK IN TIME TO CAHANGE DIS IF WE COULD I WOULD OF CHANGED IT ALREADY
  • Amy (View Email) on March 22, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    Rest Im Paradise Tai ;[
    wish we could celebrate our birthday together this year :/
    Dam......
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