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Teen Killed in Apparent Accidental Shooting

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

LEXINGTON, Tenn. - Lexington Police are investigating an accidental shooting that claimed the life of a teenager Monday night.

Officials tell us the 15-year-old was at home with his 18-year-old brother Monday. The older brother was reportedly cleaning a handgun when it fired and killed the younger teen.

Since the 18-year-old is not a suspect, police are not releasing his name. They are still investigating the case and are calling it an accident at this point.

The teenager who was killed was a freshman at Lexington High School. Even though it is known who he is, WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News has chosen not to release his name until all next of kin have been contacted. Teachers say the 15-year-old was well rounded and showed high potential. He was involved in the high school band and ROTC.

"He was our Cadet of the month for this month so he had already been recognized in that award, that honor. He got his first promotion in ROTC about a week ago," said ROTC instructor Lt. Col. Mike Goolsby.

Friends of the family tell us funeral services will be held at Reed's Chapel with a time to be determined.