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Juvenile dies from accidental shooting

Sunday, September 11, 2011

HARMONY -- Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department are investigating an accidental shooting that has taken the life of a juvenile.

According to officials, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Sunday, officials responded to a residence in Harmony following a call of an accidental shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that a 16-year-old male appeared to have accidentally shot himself in the head with a semi-automatic handgun.

There were two other juvenile males and one female juvenile at the residence at the time of the shooting.

The incident is still under investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Clay County Coroner's Office.

However, officials believe the shooting to be accidental in nature.

Also responding to the scene were the Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department and TransCare.

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Very sad. Prayers go out to the family and all that were involved.

-- Posted by th1953 on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 7:47 PM

Oh that's so horrible. Very sorry to hear of this tragic accident.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 9:54 PM

Prayers to his family and friends. We lose way too many young people in this community.

-- Posted by RThomas on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 10:07 PM

This is a very sad accident. I hope the community and all who read or hear about this accident will take a moment going forward to EDUCATE our children and other adults of the potential dangers of weapons. Kids make choices in a split second that can change their life and the people who love them. Don't let this child die in vain. EDUCATE your children- of ALL ages. Adults can help today, friends can help today! Teach someone about gun safety. Our words alone are not enough. Do you have a gun that needs to be put in another location in your home? Prevent this from ever happening again to someone you know and love.

-- Posted by Class of 89 on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 11:19 PM

Thank you for saying this class of 89.

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 11:57 PM

So tragic..prayers for the family and friends of this young man.

-- Posted by dlm5148 on Mon, Sep 12, 2011, at 1:04 AM

i know some of the family.I didnt know christian very well...As this horrible day comes to a close, we must keep in mind that we now have two things we must always remember on 9/11... your in my prays..and hope that your family and friends are doing well.you will always be missed and loved... R.I.P CHRISTIAN WATKINS

-- Posted by loveforever561 on Mon, Sep 12, 2011, at 1:42 AM

My son told me about this last night. How horribly sad for the family! My thoughts and prayers go out to the Watkins family, his friends and Northview football team, as they deal with this loss. :*(

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Sep 12, 2011, at 8:06 AM

Please also keep the students at Northview High School in your prayers. They are going to have a very hard time and will need support and guidance from their families. Northview Band lost another of their own. My prayers and thoughts are with the family of this young man.

-- Posted by dsjones87 on Mon, Sep 12, 2011, at 9:43 AM

This is so sad. Not the first time that it has happened in Clay County. When will teenagers learn that you never, never put a gun to your head and pull the trigger....My thoughts and prayers are with Christian's family.

-- Posted by Sharma on Mon, Sep 12, 2011, at 12:54 PM

Such a traggic story. Why was the gun out? My heart goes out to everyone involved with this horrible story. God Bless all of you.

-- Posted by Duddlebug on Mon, Sep 12, 2011, at 1:19 PM

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