Friends of David Joseph react to his death

We're learning more about 17-year-old David Joseph, from his friends and former classmates. David attended Connally High School in Pflugerville for three years.

Students that FOX 7 spoke with are still in shock. They are questioning why their friend, who they call a "good guy," would be taken from them.

Whether it was on or off the football field, David Joseph was well known at Connally High School. 

"One of the cool kids of the school. Everybody loved him and he was always cool to be around. Of course, all the coaches and me, we liked having him around being on the team and stuff like that," Jordan Jackson, close friend.

His former teammate, Jordan Jackson, says they first met during strength and conditioning camp as freshmen and became close friends. 

Pflugerville ISD says David went to Connally High School from Fall of 2012 to Spring of 2015, then he withdrew.

"I actually saw him a couple of days ago, before the incident. So for me to hear the incident, it's just like wow, I can't believe it. I just saw him recently, I can't believe he's gone," says Jackson.

He says David told him he was now attending Premiere High School in Pflugerville so that he could graduate early.

His life tragically ended on Monday. Friends and former classmates don't understand why.

"I know him and he's not that type of dude that would be out there on the streets. Especially naked, there could be no way that it's possibly true," says Jackson.

"David was a real cool person. Everyone was really cool with him. He was outgoing, he was in sports for a while. He just wasn't a bad person, so it's hard to see someone like that in a situation like this," says Jayla Belvin, friend.

As a result of David's death, an emergency response meeting was held Tuesday night by Austin Justice Coalition and Black Lives Matter.

It garnered so much support that hundreds of people came out.The goal is to come up with a plan to stop this type of deadly force.

"The city has ultimately listened to some of our concerns. We hope to continue with a relationship that will allow us to come up with a policy change, that allows us to work together and truly be effective as a community. Nobody is suggesting that there isn't crime and there shouldn't be a response to crime but rather, the response shouldn't end up with somebody dead," says Colbert Sanders, Austin Justice Coalition.

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