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TX: Teen killed while turkey hunting

Breckenridge mourns hunting accident victim, 18

By Emily Peters
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Adam Garcia

Adam Garcia and his friends were typical Breckenridge teenagers hunting on the first day of turkey season Sunday when a gun apparently went off accidentally as they headed back to the house, fatally striking Garcia at close range. Garcia's death was a shock to friends and family, who gathered at a candlelight vigil Monday evening to remember the FFA member who always wore his boots and planned to attend Tarleton State University in the fall to become a ranch manager.

Stephens County Sheriff Dan Young said the scene revealed no reason to believe that the incident wasn't an accident.

"They were just typical country kids going out to the ranch to hang out," Young said. "There was nothing at the scene that would indicate alcohol was a factor."

To follow protocol, Young said autopsy and toxicology reports have been requested and all five young men and one girl that were present have been questioned. Young said the sheriff's department often deals with accidental injuries during hunting season, such as people shooting their own hands or feet, but he doesn't recall any deaths in recent history.

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