Former Iowa Park High School student dies from shooting in Norman, OK

Friends and family react to Nathaniel Ewing's death
Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 2:17 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2017 at 10:53 PM CDT
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NORMAN. OK (KAUZ) - Shock and heartbreak are being felt throughout Texoma following the news that a 2015 Iowa Park High School graduate passed away Sunday night.

Nathaniel Ewing, 20, was shot and killed in Norman, Oklahoma just before 11:00 p.m.

"Nathan's life impacted the lives of others by his bright and joyful spirit. There was never a moment he wasn't smiling. He cared for all of his friends and family deeply, and will never be forgotten."

That is what Nathaniel's friend, Caitlyn Martin, had to say after learning of his death.

He will be remembered for an infectious smile and achieving his dreams.

According to the Norman Police Department, officers believe two black males robbed Ewing and the other victim before shooting him.

"We have reason to believe this was targeted and not a random act," Sarah Jenson of the Norman Police Department said. "We feel like these people had a reason to come together and that this was not a random act of violence."

Ewing attended the University of Oklahoma, a dream he had since high school.

In a statement, Oklahoma President David Boren said the following:

"We are saddened by the tragic loss of one of our family members. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the student's family and loved ones during this very difficult time. The Norman Police Department continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding his passing, and the university has asked to be kept informed."

The Iowa Park School District is feeling the affects as well.

The district issued a statement saying:

"Our Hawk hearts are with Nathan's family during this difficult time. He was a hard working man and had a dream of attending the University of Oklahoma. During his high school years, he achieved his dreams of attending O.U. We were proud of his accomplishments and the man he was. Our prayers are with his friends and family."

Those who knew him will remember him smiling, living life to the fullest, and his joyful spirit.

Norman police said they have identified a person of interest, but no arrests have been made at this time.

The incident remains under investigation.

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