Aubrey Peters, 16, was shot and killed on December 8 after a tragic shooting accident in a home in Noblesville, Indianapolis, reports WXIN.
Three years ago, Peters became a hero when she saved two girls from drowning in icy waters in Indianapolis.
Here’s what you need to know about this tragedy and this hero:
1. Police Have Arrested One of Her Friends
Peters was shot in the chest late on the night of December 8 in Noblesville, Indiana. Police arrested 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel of Noblesville and charged him with with reckless homicide. According to reports, McDaniel was playing with the gun, when Peters refused to handle the weapon, he pointed it at, and thinking it was unloaded pulled the trigger.
2. It’s Being Treated as ‘Criminal Accident’
According to a witness statement, McDaniel tried to get everyone who witnessed the event to tell the cops that the gun fell and went off.
3. Her Actions Have Been Recognized by the Red Cross
Peters became a hero when she was in the seventh grade after saving two girls from drowning in 2010. The girls had fallen through the ice on Morse Reservoir in Indiana.
Back in 2010, WTHR reported, that Peters had noticed the two girls drowning, and ran to tell her grandparents. She called 911 but was eventually forced to take matters into her own hands, she told the station:
I was telling 911, you have to come quickly. You have to come or they’re going to die.
I felt like I was watching someone die and its probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen,
I thought I have no choice, so I just jumped in I had to break the ice a little bit to get to her, but I got her right away.
Vigil tonight in Noblesville to remember Aubrey Peters, teen shot & killed last night. Aubrey helped save the lives of 2 sisters 3 yrs ago.
— Jennie Runevitch (@JennieWTHR) December 9, 2013
4. She Was on the Honor Roll
She was an honor roll student at Noblesville High School, the former high school of Jacob McDaniel. School Principal Jeff Bryant told Fox Indianapolis:
Aubrey was a great student, a quality student at Noblesville High School. She walked around the building with a smile on her face.
5. McDaniel’s Friends Have Been Talking About it on Twitter
On Twitter, some users who claim to know McDaniel, say this isn’t the first time he’s been involved in an incident like this:
@JakeGreig12 lollolololol nobody remembers this kid more than me lol he brought a gun to school to fucking shoot me!!!
— Taylor Rainey (@Taylor_Rainey) December 9, 2013