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Body found at McClure Elementary; police leaning toward suicide

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A McClure Elementary School employee in Yakima discovered a dead body on school grounds. The school's head custodian found the body at about 5:45 Monday morning. Police arrived to find 17-year-old David Raymond lying in the grass, shot in the head.

Neighbors, parents, and school employees alike were disturbed to find such a scene in what is generally considered to be a safe neighborhood.

One neighbor we spoke to sends her kids to school at McClure.  Just two months after explaining the murder of McClure teaching assistant Yecenia Guerrero to her kids, she had to tell them about the dead body they drove by this morning.

"Imagine if this wasn't noticed and I'm walking my kids to school... how do you explain that to a 9 year old?  Before I bought my home I looked around my surroundings and said hey, this is better than living downtown. Now where am I gonna move, further up?" she says.

The Yakima County Coroner says Raymond died of a gun shot wound to the head.  However the autopsy did not determine whether Raymond shot himself or if someone else shot him.  Law enforcement tracked down three males who were with Raymond at the time he died.  They report that he committed suicide. 

Although YPD initially investigated the shooting as a homicide, they say evidence at the scene is also consistent with the reports of suicide.  Investigators also say three of the people with Raymond passed a lie detector test about their version of events.   YPD has changed their investigation from a "homicide investigation" to a "suspicious death investigation".

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