WALTHAM, Mass. —A Waltham High School student was shot to death around 10:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Gardencrest Apartment complex at 31 Middlesex Circle, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said.
Tyler Zanco, 17, of Waltham, was taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The School Department confirmed that Zanco is a high school student, but could not give his grade. Zanco was a member of the high school wrestling team.
Andy Merritt, former editor for our news partners at the Waltham News Tribune and Zanco’s mentor through the Mazie Mentoring Program, remembered Zanco as “a fierce and loyal friend, a smart and strong kid who had great things ahead of him.”
“I remember walking in there and thinking, ‘How am I going to relate to a teenager?’ But he was so personable and so outgoing and so friendly that immediately we were friends 30 seconds after we met,” Merritt said.
Zanco had a number of different ideas for his future, including joining the military.
“Our country would have been served well and honorably by such a brave and hardy soul. But no matter what Tyler ended up doing after high school, I knew he’d be a success, because nothing would stand in his way,” said Merritt.
No arrests have been made, but the district attorney’s office said that “authorities do not believe this was a random attack.”
“This is very tragic for the family and the city,” Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy said. “The school department took the appropriate steps for the students and district. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family.”