SUNSET — A 19-year-old man was shot to death inside the home of a relative Tuesday.
Detectives are investigating the death of Hunter Woodson as a homicide, said Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn. A 17-year-old Layton boy was taken in custody, and police were interviewing another teen witness Tuesday.
"This was an argument, or a beef, so to speak, between the two," Eborn said, adding that he believes the death may be related to a drug deal gone bad.
Police responded to an emergency call in Sunset about 3:15 p.m. to find the victim on the ground and "basically gone at that point," Eborn said. Detectives found the alleged shooter "a short time later" at his home in Layton, Eborn added.
"It's sad," Eborn said. "It’s unfortunate that they felt like this was the only way to settle whatever score they had."
On social media, some of Woodson's friends claimed he was shot in his bedroom, possibly while on his bed. Those who knew both Woodson and the alleged shooter seemed to confirm the incident may have been drug-related.
"All over an ounce bro," one man posted on Facebook. "$120 over a life …"
Several people identified the alleged shooter as a Layton teenager.
Woodson's family has set up a GoFundMe page.
"We are trying to raise money to help in the unexpected death of my nephew Hunter Woodson. Hunter just turned 19 on Nov. 6, he loved MMA and his family. He was a strong kid with a big heart. His death is a shock to all who knew him. Hunter's life was cut short Nov. 21 when he was shot in his own home. Anything will help," Robert Woodson wrote on the page.
Many of Woodson's friends posted tributes and messages of condolence on Facebook.
"I love you brother. You were always such a nice sweet generous person. Bro, I wish none of this ever happened but just know everyone that actually knew you knew you were a great person but fr keep us all safe and watch over us like you would when you were here big ol scary teddy bear," stated one message.
"I love you my grandson and I will truly miss you. 19 years old … too young to have your life taken," another woman posted.1 comment on this story
"My sweet grandson Hunter Woodson was shot and killed in his own home tonight! He had a heart of gold! He would have given the shirt off his back!! RIP HONEY you will truly be missed! The world will have a hollow space where you would have been!! I'm so glad I got to hug u and hold u tight on Halloween! I love you Hunter Woodson!" another posted.
Davina Spencer, who lives in Sunset, said her 12-year-old boy told her Tuesday that he had hung out with Woodson three days earlier.
"I don't understand why somebody would kill somebody else," Spencer said, saying she'd never known of a homicide in the town. "It's something that shouldn't happen at all."
Contributing: Andrew Adams