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A teenage romance turned into a tragedy when police in Phoenix, Arizona, say a 15-year-old boy shot dead his ex-girlfriend before ending his own life.
Matthew Bolton and 16-year-old Anastasia 'Ana' Greer were both sophomores at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, and the girl had recently broke up with the 15-year-old.
According to police, the murder-suicide played out Friday at a home of Greer's friend in north Phoenix.
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Fatal attraction: Matthew Bolton, 15 (left), took his own life after murdering his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, Anastasia Greer (right)
Bloody crime scene: Neighbors of West Villa Linda reported hearing a girl screaming in terror before gunshots erupted
Police say Bolton didn't go to school that day, and it is unclear how he got the gun, which was found on a sidewalk near the bodies.
Officers responded to a 911 call of a shooting around noon and found two people dead in the home's front yard from gunshot wounds.
Investigators said Bolton got a ride to the home in the 4000 block of West Villa Linda and met the girl in front of the house.
A neighbor, Jim Friel, told The Arizona Republic that he heard a scream and then gunshots and went across the street to the home to see what happened.
Split: The murder-suicide comes just weeks after Greer broke up with Bolton, pictured here on Valentine's Day
Tribute: Friends have been leaving candles and flowers on the spot where the 16-year-old girl died from gunshot wounds to the chest
He found the girl lying on the ground with gunshot wounds to her chest and the boy with a gunshot wound to his face.
Too young: Friends remembered Greer, pictured here with her Valentine's Day gift from Bolton, as a kind and outgoing girl
Grieving friends described Ana Greer as a kind and outgoing girl who was active in her school's ROTC program.
Classmate Caleb Fleck told the station KPHO that Bolton, who was in his ROTC class, was well-behaved and was never known to be a troublemaker.
On his Facebook page, Matthew posted on Valentine's Day a photo of him and Greer smiling and holding a red 'I love you' teddy bear with a heart-shaped nose.
According police, just hours before the shooting, officials at Sandra Day O'Conner High School learned that a gun was spotted on the premises, and Bolton's name came up.
Students had an early release at 11am, but security officers were unable to locate the 16-year-old or the weapon on campus.
Henry Gano, who was in the area of Villa Linda Friday morning, said he noticed what he initially thought to be a couple of teens chasing one another and horsing around – that is until he saw a gun in the boy’s hand.