High school senior, 17, accidentally shot with a gun ‘by friend during backyard shooting practice’
- Candace Chrzan, 17, was shot and killed on Tuesday while she was with friends in the backyard of one of their homes in Mount Zion, Georgia.
- Candace is said to have been on target practice when she was accidentally shot by one of her friends, police said
- Tributes have come in for high school which has been described as ‘amazing and memorable’
A 17-year-old high school student was accidentally shot with a gun by a friend in Georgia during shooting practice in their backyard, police said.
Candace Chrzan was shot and killed at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday 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 senior at Mount Zion High School in Jonesboro, is said to have been on target practice when she was accidentally shot by one of the teens.
“ It was just a few friends in the backyard, from what we have been told, possibly during firing with a gun, ” said Ashley Husley, a spokesman for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. WSB TV Atlanta
Candace Chrzan, a 17-year-old high school student, was accidentally shot with a gun by a friend in Georgia during shooting practice in their backyard, police said.
Victim: Candace Chrzan
The kids probably didn’t learn the gun safety rules they should have learned. And in the end it resulted in Candace’s death. ‘
Investigators said they are still investigating the death, but have not disclosed who fired the deadly shot or who owned the weapon.
“This remains an open and active investigation and all parties involved in this horrific tragedy are currently working together,” said the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
“She had just picked up her cap and dress 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 have everyone to keep her and her family in their prayers and thoughts, as well as the students who returned to school today without her.”
Tributes have come in for the beloved high school student who is described as ‘amazing and unforgettable’.
Her grandmother Autum Parker wrote on Facebook: ‘So many words I can say about Candace, so many memories pop up, so many laughs and smiles and giggles.
‘I’ve struggled with words all day. My heart is just in pieces about this sweet girl.
‘You were crazy, wonderful and unforgettable. I love you Candace, I will always be your grandmother. ‘
Tributes have come in for high school which has been described as ‘amazing and memorable’
Her friend Susie Williams said, ‘My beautiful Candace is gone to be one of my corners until I see her again. You got your wings way too fast.
“I remember your mom telling me she had you and when you came into this world in your own spicy way. Take care of my angel babies until I can hold you again. I love you so much girl. ‘
Candace loved music and played clarinet in high school concerts and brass 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 was set up by her friend Susie Williams as a 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 prosecutor is now working with investigators to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.