Mead School District offering counseling for students grieving death of classmate

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Mead School District is offering counseling to students and families for those grieving the death of a student over the weekend.

An online fundraiser identifies the victim of a shooting late Saturday night as 16-year old Owar Opiew. The Mead School District confirmed to 4 News Now he was a sophomore at Mead High School.

According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened at a home on Beige Road. The sheriff’s office said it was at a party and was possibly gang-related and not a random incident. As of Sunday afternoon, the sheriff’s office was asking people living nearby to check their cameras to see if they may have video of suspicious activity in the area between 11:00 pm Saturday night and 1:00 am Sunday morning.

The sheriff’s office has released no further descriptions of people or vehicles.

According to this GoFundMe site, which has already raised more than $19,000, Owar was irreplaceable. “This young man’s light shone brightly into many corners of Spokane and simply because of who he was,” the author writes. “There was only one Owar to many of us and he was the kid that everybody knew and everybody knew him.”

“I was always looking forward to hanging out with him or seeing him around school. On the days I was down or anyone was down, he would always make everyone laugh. Teachers loved him. Everyone loved him,” said Dillan Salvio, a friend and classmate of Opiew’s.

Now, Salvio looks at life differently. “Life is precious and short, very short. It can end in the blink of an eye,” Salvio said.

Owar’s legacy included making everyone feel included. He was “really goofy and very outgoing. He was always was the life of the party and wanted everyone to laugh and have fun,” Salvio said.