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MCSO: 17-year-old boy accidentally shoots, kills girlfriend

Lavonte Powell was playing with a gun, twirling it around his fingers, when the loaded gun went...
Lavonte Powell was playing with a gun, twirling it around his fingers, when the loaded gun went off, killing his girlfriend.(MCSO)
Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 5:11 PM EST
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies are speaking out about gun safety, after a 17-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed.

“A young girl who hasn’t even begun life -- has lost her life. She won’t be able to go to prom, have a career, get married or have kids because someone was playing with a loaded weapon,” Sgt. Paul Bloom stated in a video on Facebook.

The incident happened early Friday morning at a home on NE 97th St. Rd., in the town of Anthony.

According to deputies, Lavonte Powell was playing with a gun, twirling it around his fingers, when the loaded gun went off, striking Kelsey Smith in her head.

Powell immediately want to get help and called 911, however, Smith died from her injuries.

Powell was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center on homicide charges.

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