A few details about the death of Ben Pickett may be found here and here. Many, many Watauga High students did attend the unchaperoned party. Rumor has it that Pickett was stabbed because of a miniscule two year old drug debt. Ben certainly was not of pristine character, but had recently turned his life around. No 18/19 year old deserves to die nor should others his age have to watch it happen. Ben attended Valle Crucis Elementary school, was friendly and well-like by many. In fact, both my daughters said they had seen him this week and had great catch-up conversations with him. This mess is what I call stupid tragic.
And no, my daughter was not at the after-prom party because I would not allow her to attend and she knew better than to ask.