Following the death of a student, Friendswood ISD officials sent condolences to the family and community, and are offering several services to help those who are grieving, according to a letter from Superintendent Thad Roher.

What you need to know

Ethan Riley, age 18, died as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered on Dec. 23, according to a release from the Friendswood Police Department. Riley was a student in FISD.

With students set to return to school on Jan. 9, officials are planning to meet ahead of the return date to evaluate school safety procedures and “ensure a supportive environment for our students,” according to Roher’s letter.

To help students, staff and parents, FISD partners with Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine, or TCHATT, which provides six free counseling sessions to enrolled students, according to the letter.

There is also a list of vetted therapists and physicians in the area officials can provide “upon request,” according to the letter.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Riley family, and we appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time,” Roher said in the letter. “Together, as a strong and caring community, we will navigate through these difficult moments.”

How we got here

Riley was one of two people shot on Dec. 23, according to the police department’s release. The suspect, Connor Hilton, age 17, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury at the time, and since then he has also been charged with murder.

What else?

Visitation for Riley will take place from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 3 at Jeter Funeral Home, with the funeral happening at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at Hope Lutheran Church, according to the letter.