5 Year Old Girl Shoots, Kills Another 5 Year Old Girl

Noelle Aston Shawver, a 5-year-old from Blackfoot, Idaho, was shot and killed during a playdate Wednesday. The young girl had been playing with another 5-year-old, who accidentally discharged the gun, killing her.

Noelle Aston Shawver had been playing with her companion in eastern Idaho at about 3 p.m. when the incident occurred. Adults in the next room heard the gun go off, then called police and emergency services.

The 5-year-old was taken to Portneuf Medical Center, but died later that night because of her injuries, according to the Idaho State Journal.

It is currently unknown how the other 5-year-old gained access to the weapon and the circumstances surrounding its discharge. Police are currently investigating the events and refuse to release more details.

“We are not releasing any of that,” said Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department. “Obviously that’s part of the investigation.”

The girl’s parents, Drew Shawver and Stacie Udy Shawver, will be holding a funeral for their daughter Aug. 6 in Blackfoot, Idaho, and are accepting donations via GoFundMe.

“Although, we can never replace their loss we can help by trying to lessen their financial burden,” Patrina Udy wrote on the fundraising website. “Donations made to this fund will go directly to the family to pay for funeral and burial expenses.

Although she initially asked for just $15,000, 477 donors have given over $20,000 in just one day.

“Your generosity is simply amazing! We are near our goal but I don’t want to stop there,” the GoFundMe reads. “Please keep donating as the family will incur several other expenses ie. medical, time off work, counseling and such. Every dollar is greatly appreciated!!”

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