Community Mourns 9-Year-Old Girl's Death
April 15, 2013, 2:59 pm
It's a tough day at John Wetten Elementary School in Gladstone as students and teachers cope with a beloved classmate's death. Grief counselors were there today.
9-year-old Shayla Schonneker was killed Sunday night by a bullet from her stepfather's gun. The bullet went through a wall and hit the girl in the head as she played outside at her Oregon City home.
Joseph Wolters first said that he was cleaning the gun when it went off. Now he says he was practicing handling the gun for a new armed security job.
The family has released this statement: "We are saddened and shocked at the events that unfolded yesterday. Our little Shayla was playing outside when she was struck by a bullet. Trying to understand and comprehend the actions that led to the shooting are more than our family can deal with right now. It is more important that we deal with the very personal loss of Shayla. We know that this was an accident and there was no intent to harm Shayla in any way."
Shayla's family is setting up an account at Bank of America to help with funeral expenses.In Loving Memory of Shaya Facebook page