Erie Teen Dies in Hunting Accident
By Michele Scott, Herald Staff Writer
December 15, 2003
ERIE, Ill. - A 15-year-old Erie boy was killed while
hunting Saturday when he apparently accidentally shot himself.
David Ian Edwards died at Hammond Henry Hospital in
Geneseo after he was shot around 8:38 a.m. while hunting rabbits and
pheasant at the Big Bend Wildlife area near Erie.
Edwards was transported to Hammond Henry Hospital where he
was pronounced dead upon arrival. A Henry County Coroner's inquest is
"It is a real unfortunate situation," Larry Van Dyke,
Whiteside County chief deputy officer, said today. "It shouldn't have
Van Dyke said officers do not yet know all the
circumstances surrounding the death, but do know the barrel of the teen's
gun was pointed toward him when it discharged.
The mood at Erie High School was subdued and quiet today,
according to Cindy Saade, school secretary. Edwards
was a sophomore at the school.
"Counselors will be here all day for the students," she
said. "The teachers are aware and students will be allowed to leave class to
see a counselor if they would like to."
The case remains under investigation. Illinois
Conservation Police and Erie Ambulance assisted the Whiteside County Sheriff
Deputies at the scene.
Van Dyke recommends all hunters take a Department of
Natural Resources Hunters Safety Class - a 10-hour course that teaches gun
safety, conservation laws and hunter ethics.
Hunting clubs such as Morrison Sportsman's Club,
Tri-County and Coleta Sportsman Clubs also offer hunter safety classes, Van
"And always go out with experienced hunters," he said.
A full death notice is published on page 11A of today's