An American teen who was accidentally shot by her father has died after being taken off of life support Christmas Eve.
Kaitlyn Pullam, 17, was shot the night of December 21 at her Poplar Bluff, Missouri home, KFVS reported.
Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs told the television station that Pullam’s father thought the gun was not loaded and it inadvertently went off.
She was found unresponsive in her bedroom with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to her face, authorities said.
According to KFVS, witnesses told police that another family member in the home was trying to unload a black powder rifle when it discharged and went through the wall, striking the girl.
When authorities arrived at the scene, she did not have a pulse, but EMS personnel continued CPR on her, Dobbs said.
Eventually she regained a pulse at Poplar Bluff hospital emergency room and was airlifted to St Louis Children’s Hospital for further treatment.
She remained in a coma there until her family removed her from life support Christmas Eve.
KFVS reported that the teenager died Saturday around 4pm.
Pastor David Steward of the First United Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff said that her family is moved by the community’s support.
‘They just greatly appreciate everything that people have done,’ Stewart told KFVS.
‘They’ve been surprised by the number of people who’ve wanted to be involved and connecting.
‘They’ve been overwhelmed by the amount and outpouring of generosity.’
Stewart shared that the girl was very intelligent and had dreams of working in forensics.
‘She had goals, she was driven, she was going to accomplish those,’ Stewart told KFVS.
‘In fact, she really had already graduated, but was going to hang out for just one more semester just to walk with everybody else.’
The family plans to donate her organs, and is asking anyone who wants to support them to send a donation or gift to The First United Methodist Church in the family’s name.