I would really like to know if the kid was using a bow or a crossbow?
That's hardly the point, some kid had to KILL another "human being", does it really matter what kind of bolt/arrow launcher he used? From now on, no matter what, he's the teenager who stuck someone and that someone died (mainly because a dumb### judge let him loose when he should be in prison, at least twice!).
It isn't the kid's fault in any way, but that's how it's gonna be for the rest of his life. He'll have to live with that, and the behind-the-back talking about him, wherever he goes.