Homeowner shoots, kills teenager who mistakenly entered the wrong house
Caleb Gordley was grounded the night he was killed. The 16-year-old basketball, football and baseball player from Virginia hadn't cleaned his room earlier that day, landing him in hot water with his father.
But like many teens his age, Gordley decided to go out in spite of the punishment. After a night out with friends, the high school junior had to sneak back inside. But he had been drinking, and at 2:30 a.m. mistakenly entered the near-identical brick house just two doors down from his own on a quiet cul-de-sac. It would end up being a fatal error.
Once inside, Gordley was confronted by homeowner Donald West Wilder II, who was armed. Wilder fired a warning shot. The teenager stayed put. Wilder fired again, this time aiming at Gordley, killing him.
As the Washington Post reports, Gordley's father is still struggling to understand how something like this could have happened to his son: