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Updated: Teen killed in accidental shooting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

Fairmont Junior High 1IN NEWS
The Deer Park Police Department is investigating an accidental shooting that killed a 14-year-old girl on Wilson Drive. On Monday morning, DPISD announced the victim was a student at Fairmont Junior High and that additional counselors would be on hand at the campus throughout the week to lend emotional support.

A 14-year-old girl was killed in an accidental shooting Sunday evening.

According to a press release from the Deer Park Police Department, the incident took place on the 1500 block of Wilson Drive, which is near the intersection of P Street and Luella.

DPPD Lt. Chris Brown said emergency personnel were dispatched to the location at about 7:15 p.m.

In a letter to parents, Deer Park ISD confirmed the female was an eighth grader at Fairmont Junior High. Citing respecting the family’s privacy, DPISD did not reveal the student’s name or other personal information, but did state the shooting took place at a friend’s home. The letter was signed by FJH Principal Neal Munro.

“There are no words to express the depth of this loss. All we can do is love and support the family and friends of this young lady,” said Munro in the letter. “This is particularly important concerning her closest friends here at Fairmont Junior High. We have additional counseling staff members on campus this week to meet the emotional needs of our students.”

Munro asked parents to offer their own emotional support by being available and listening to their children.

“Each teenager deals with and expresses grief in his or her own way, ranging from guilt or anger to sadness, rejection, or isolation,” he said. “It is important to offer emotional support by being available to and listening to your teen. It is also difficult to know what to say to children during these kinds of incidents, so when no words come to mind, our counselors say that a hug works well.”