Candace Chrzan Mount Zion High student accidentally shot dead by friend during backyard target practice. Lack of gun safety rules education.
A 17-year-old Georgia high school senior was accidentally shot dead with a pistol by a friend during target practice in their backyard, police said.
Candace Chrzan was shot and killed Tuesday at about 8pm while with friends in the backyard of one of their homes in Mount Zion, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Candace, a Mount Zion High School senior in Jonesboro, is believed to have been doing target practice when she was accidentally shot dead by one of the teenagers.
‘It was just a couple of friends out in the back yard, from what we have been told, possibly during target practice with a pistol,’ Ashley Husley, a spokesperson for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office told WSB TV Atlanta.
‘The kids probably haven’t been taught the gun safety rules they should have been taught. And ultimately it resulted in Candace’s death.’
Open and active investigation
Investigators said they are still looking into the death but did not disclose who fired the fatal shot or who owned the gun.
‘This remains an open and active investigation and all parties involved in this horrific tragedy are cooperating at this time,’ the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said.
‘She had just picked up her cap and gown this week and was getting ready for those festivities all seniors look forward to,’ Husley said. ‘So it’s a very heartbreaking time.
‘We just everyone to keep her and her family in their prayers and thoughts, as well as the students who returned back to school today without her.’
Tributes have poured in for the beloved high school senior who has been described as ‘amazing and unforgettable’.
Posted Candace’s grandparents who raised the Mount Zion senior all her life: ‘So many words I can say about Candace, so many memories pop up, so many laughs and smiles and giggles.
Continued Candace’s grandmother, Autum Parker: ‘I’ve struggled with words all day. My heart is just in pieces over this sweet girl.
Authorities yet to determine whether charges will be brought forward
‘You were crazy, amazing and unforgettable. I love you Candace, I’ll always be your grandma.’
Candace loved music and played clarinet in the high school concert and marching bands while enjoying singing, according to her obituary.
She was also athletic and enjoyed playing soccer and learning martial arts with friends.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by her friend Susie Williams in tribute to Candace. She wrote: ‘Candace was a beautiful 17-year-old girl who always had a smile on her face and love in her heart.’
The District Attorney is now working with investigators to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.