15-year-old girl shot and killed in Edwardsburg

Updated: May. 16, 2021 at 8:29 PM EDT
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EDWARDSBURG, Mich. (WNDU) - Relatives have identified the 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed at a home in Edwardsburg Sunday afternoon.

Jessica Heroy was an eighth-grade student at Cassopolis Middle School.

The district superintendent acknowledged her death—although not by name—and said counselors were available for any student who may need or want it after a student passed away unexpectedly “due to a tragic accident.”

Heroy was at the Edwardsburg home of a friend on Sunday afternoon when the 12-year-old boy was handling a gun he took from a safe. Police say the boy believed the gun was not loaded when he pointed it at Jessica Heroy and pulled the trigger.

Relatives say Jessica was shot once in the head and died instantly.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family deal with funeral expenses.

“She was a very outgoing person. She had a lot of friends she was, she had depression, and she was just getting better and she was getting a lot happier and then it all happened,” said Jessica’s cousin, Brooklynn Jackson. “She loved like Chinese food, she loved seafood, food was her thing. And she like, she hated cats, she just hated cats.”

When asked whether someone should be punished over the incident, Jackson said yes. “I think there should be punishment because a parent should not leave their gun around no child.”

It’s unclear whether the boy will face consequences in juvenile court. The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office hopes to have an update on the case in a few days.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning in Kalamazoo.

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