BERKELEY (KCBS) – It was a sad day at Berkeley High School on Monday, where students learned of the death of a popular ninth grader.

Fourteen-year-old Malik Grayson was shot on October 30 and died five days later at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

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Many of his friends were saddened by the news and said he would be missed.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“He was cool. He was nice. He wasn’t bad or anything,” said a friend.

The high school has set up a grief room, where counselors spent the day talking to students about the boy’s death.

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The victim’s cousin, Kenneth, said Malik was a promising running back on the freshman football team.

He said he’s used to hearing gunshots occasionally, but this is the first time he’s lost someone close to him.

“It’s very new to me. It’s very shocking,” Kenneth said.

Police have arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting, but Kenneth said the suspect is Malik’s best friend and the gun went off by accident when they were playing around.

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