An 18-year-old Tennessee man accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend Thursday with a gun received as a high school graduation gift.
NBC affiliate WMC reported the tragedy occurred as Brendan Fields was playing with the gun and it accidentally fired and struck his girlfriend, 19-year-old Lucinda Luna, in the stomach. Luna was taken to the hospital where she later died from related injuries.
Luna’s family friend Kara Stubblefield described Luna as a great friend and avid reader.
“She was always reading. Every time I went over there she was like ‘here you need to read this book,'” Stubblefield told WMC.
Luna’s father reportedly gave Fields the gun as a graduation gift. Stubblefield told WMC that Fields was an experienced gun owner who often went to the shooting range.
“This is going to hurt real bad for him [Fields]. Like he’s not going to get over this for a long time,” Stubblefield said. “I am just worried about Brennan really and her parents too.”
Investigators have called the incident a tragic accident, and charges are not expected to be filed against Fields.
“By all indications, there was no intent for this to happen,” Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Earle Farrell said.