An 18-year-old girl was shot to death after scaring a friend in a tragic prank gone wrong.
Longmont, Colorado native, Premila Lal, was hiding in a closet, anxiously waiting for her close friend, 21-year-old Nerrek Galley, to come home. When Galley arrived, she jumped from the closet, screaming. Startled and likely thinking Lal was an intruder, Galley shot and killed her.
“The closet opened and I think she jumped and screamed and he thought it was an intruder inside the closet, so that’s when he pulled the trigger,” said Lal’s father, Praveen Lal.
Realizing he had just shot his friend, Galley and two of Lal’s male relatives carried the victim to the car and transported her to a local hospital, a neighbor told the Longmont Times-Call.
According to Commander Jeff Satur, officers were dispatched to Longmont United Hospital, responding to a call of a gunshot victim.
Medical staff attempted to keep Lal alive, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Lal was a high-school track star and her parents are deeply broken-hearted at the incident, but don’t harbor ill feelings towards Galley.
“My life ended so suddenly and I think it’s going to take a few more days for us to really, you know, comprehend she’s gone,” Praveen Lal said. “We lost a daughter, so we don’t want anybody else to lose their son, you know, especially when it was an accident.”
Galley was arrested on separate, unrelated charges of providing a handgun to a minor and child abuse. Police have not made a decision on what charges, if any, he will face for the shooting of Lal.