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Boy Killed in Hunting Accident near Cordova

By Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - 24 November 2003

A boy was shot and killed in a hunting accident that occurred in Cedar Bay on Hawkins Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

The boy was identified as Joshua D. Nichols, 13, of Cordova.

According to troopers, the U.S. Coast Guard received an emergency call Sunday afternoon of a fatal hunting accident on the island. The Coast Guard then contacted Cordova Police, who contacted troopers. Troopers sent a patrol vessel to investigate and recover the body.

An investigation revealed that the 13-year-old boy was hunting with his 16-year-old brother, Jon, and their father, Daniel A. Nichols, 48, when the accident occurred. Troopers determined that the father shot past a deer and the bullet struck his son instead.

The body was taken to the Cordova Community Medical Center to await transportation to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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