Search underway for Wellington teen's killer

Posted at 7:50 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 04:47:02-05

Palm Beach Central High School principal Darren Edgecomb says it's a sad time at his school after the loss of student Dalton Dobkins.

"To the school population he was beloved by all the students and his teachers are greatly impacted by it."

17-year-old Dobkins planned to graduate in May and talked about serving our country as a Marine.

"We did a moment of silence this morning and if you can have a silent school with 3000 students and 200 adults, that tells you the impact of the young man and it certainly was a different tone and mood especially in his classes," said Edgecomb.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirms they are looking for someone who shot and killed Dobkins in his Wellington home early Wednesday morning. They got the call of shots fired. When they arrived, deputies found him dead.

While detectives try to track Dobkins killer, his classmates can't imagine life without seeing him in the hallways.

Karla Holt, a student said,  "A lot of my friends knew Dalton, and it's really been a tragedy and it's terrible that this has happened to someone so young."

"One of my closest friends knew him and they were really, really sad about it, and the best for his family and I'm sorry about it," said Daniella Alano, another student. 

"We provided all the support that we could, our students have been amazing in supporting each other. And they've trusted the adults to lean on," said Principal Edgecomb. 

Anyone with information that can help detectives in this case is urged to call CrimeStoppers.