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13-year-old girl dies from hunting accident

Sunday, September 11, 2011

By Holly Meyer, Rapid City Journal

A 13-year-old girl was killed after she tripped and the shotgun she was carrying went off in her face during a dove hunting trip near New Underwood on Friday afternoon, according to Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin.

Charity Anne Lacquey, 13, of Ellsworth Air Force Base, died Friday at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Merwin said.

“I know they did CPR all the way to Rapid City but, unfortunately, were unable to save her,” Merwin said.

The sheriff understood that Lacquey was hunting with her father, Staff Sgt.
Robert Smith, and brother, Shaun Moore Smith. The family, along with mother, Jennifer Smith, is from Ellsworth.

Lacquey’s father is assigned to the Air Force Financial Services Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, according to base spokesman Steve Merrill.

“Right now the base is working to help the family deal with this tragic loss,” Merrill said.

The sheriff’s office and South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department are investigating the incident.

“We believe that it is just a very unfortunate accident,” said Merwin, who offered his prayers to the family. It was just one of those things that happens, he said.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the New Underwood ambulance service responded.

Kirk Funeral Home, of Rapid City, is handling the pending funeral arrangements.

Reporter Nick Penzenstadler contributed to this report.

Contact Holly Meyer at 394-8421 or holly.meyer@rapidcityjournal.com.

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