Teen Dies in Hunting Accident
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Teen dies in hunting accident
BY PAUL GALE
SVN NEWS REPORTER
ERIE - He was a good boy who loved his mother.
Those were the words used to describe a 15-year-old Erie
High School student who died Saturday as a result of injuries received in a
hunting accident south of Erie.
David Ian Edwards was pronounced dead by the Henry County
coroner's office in Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.
With her house full of mourning relatives and friends, his
mother Christine Edwards said her son loved music, riding dirt bikes and
liked to hunt.
David had a girlfriend and loved the rock group AC-DC. He
also loved movies, particularly "Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings," the Harry
Potter films and "Fast and the Furious," a car movie.
An EHS sophomore, David wrestled and he had played golf
when he was a freshman. He also loved to play baseball.
Christine's aunt, Linda Jacobs, said David "was a
"You couldn't find a better boy," she said.
David was hunting rabbits with a .410 shotgun with an
elderly family friend when the accident occurred at 8:38 a.m. Saturday at
the Big Bend Wildlife Area in southern Whiteside County.
David was shot when the gun he was carrying accidentally
discharged, said the Whiteside County sheriff's department who was assisted
on the scene by
Erie Ambulance and Illinois Conservation Police.
A Henry County Coroner's inquest is pending.
"This is a tragic day for Erie. It is a sad thing to
happen," said Mark Shaheen, owner of Shaheen's Village
Authorities had no additional information about the
accident as of press time Saturday night.
Arrangements are pending at the Gibson and Sons Funeral
Home in Prophetstown. David's father, Richard, died in 1998.
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