HORN LAKE, Miss. — Police in a north Mississippi city are saying a shooting that killed a 17-year-old football player was accidental.
Horn Lake Police told local media on Monday that a group of teenagers were playing with a loaded handgun Saturday when the gun went off, striking Jaquarius Harper and killing him. The bullet also wounded a second 17-year-old in the right arm. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Memphis, Tennessee, and was expected to recover.
About 300 players, students and parents gathered at the Lake Cormorant High School football field on Sunday night for a candlelight service in Harper’s memory.
The school’s principal says Lake Cormorant is offering counseling to students.