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NW Mo. town mourns 12-year-old killed in shooting

NW Mo. town mourns 12-year-old killed in shooting

January 15th, 2013 in News

BRECKENRIDGE, Mo. (AP) - A small northwest Missouri community is mourning a 12-year-old boy who died after accidentally shooting himself last week.

Steven Curtis of Breckenridge died after the shooting at his home last Friday. Police say he mishandled a gun and it discharged. The boy's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Breckenridge High School.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/VXZLUR ) the investigation is continuing and it was unclear if anyone would be charged.

Breckenridge school superintendent Brent Skinner says Curtis' was nicknamed "Huckleberry" because of his freckled face and curly hair. Steven was one of eight seventh-graders in a district of about 85 students.

Skinner says counseling will be provided throughout the week for students and staff.

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Information from: St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, http://www.stjoenews-press.com