Iowa High School Shooting: Sixth-Grade Victim Identified by Authorities

PERRY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) confirmed that 11-year-old Ahmir Jolliff, a sixth-grade student, was killed in the mass shooting at Perry High School on Jan. 4. The shooter, identified as 17-year-old high school student Dylan Butler, died by suicide after inflicting three gunshot wounds on Jolliff. Furthermore, the high school’s principal, two staff members, and four students were injured during the incident, which occurred in the cafeteria before class began at around 7:30 a.m.

In an effort to protect students from harm, Principal Dan Marburger sustained multiple gunshot wounds and remains in critical condition. Two students and the principal are currently hospitalized, while the rest have been treated and released. The governor, Kim Reynolds, expressed her condolences and solidarity with the Perry community during a press conference, emphasizing the gravity of the tragic event.

As the community mourns, authorities are actively investigating the shooting. The DPS has seized large volumes of digital and social media evidence, and ongoing background investigations, eyewitness accounts, and victim interviews are being conducted. Once the investigation is concluded, the Division of Criminal Investigation’s report will be submitted to the Dallas County Attorney’s Office for further action, if deemed necessary.

In summary, the devastating shooting at Perry High School resulted in the death of a sixth-grade student, multiple injuries, and a community in mourning. The investigation into the events is ongoing, as authorities work to understand and address the tragic incident.