Colton Williams Thanksgiving hunting accident: The organs of a 9 year old South Carolina boy save the lives of three after the child’s father accidentally shot the boy dead.
Colton Williams died in the tragic mishap while hunting for rabbits in Springfield, Thursday morning, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
‘At the end of the day, this was just a terrible tragedy. The indication is that six adults and two children were at the site rabbit hunting. The daddy shot the 9-year-old by accident,’ department spokesman Robert McCullough told via the nydailynews.
‘They were out in the field when it happened. It’s a continuing investigation, so I can’t really speak to the actual incident, but I would say anytime you’re out hunting, always identify your targets and what’s behind them,’ the rep added.
Adding, ‘Hopefully the good that can come from this is people being more cautious when they’re out’.
‘I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have prayed, visited, brought meals, made donations, or helped in any way during this trying time when Beverly and I lost our only grandson,’ Colton’s grandfather Vince Furtick wrote in a Facebook post after the boy’s Sunday funeral.
‘God has Colton in his arms now and we truly miss him but rest in the knowledge that we will see him again one day. Life goes on and in Colton’s case, three lives were saved by his donated kidneys and liver. He was the brightest light in our lives and he will be missed greatly,’ Furtick wrote.
A GoFundMe set up for the family called Colton’s mom and dad ‘two of the best people I have ever met.’
‘No parent should ever have to bury a child, so please let’s come together and make this tragedy a little more bearable,’ it said.
As of Monday night, $15,675 had been raised of a $10,500 goal.
Counselors were scheduled to be on hand at Colton’s school Monday morning to help students and families deal with the loss, the Williston School District said in a Facebook post.
The fourth-grade honor roll student ‘enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and loved playing the piano,’ according to an obituary posted online.
‘He loved the Clemson Tigers, his family and had lots of friends who will miss him deeply,’ the posting from Folk Funeral Home said.
No charges were expected to be laid against the father.