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Community remembers teen killed in accidental shooting

Jesse Rainey (Source: Facebook) Jesse Rainey (Source: Facebook)
TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -

The Colbert County boy who was shot in the head October 13 died early Friday morning, according to Sheriff Ronnie May.

Investigators said 15-year-old Jesse Rainey was shot in the head during a prank between friends at a home in the Crooked Oak community of Tuscumbia. Around 3:30 Saturday morning, they said some of the boys decided to prank the rest of the group, and made it seem as if an intruder had gotten inside the home.

Investigators said the lights were out when Rainey opened a closet inside the home. That's the teen inside the closet dropped some items and a shot was fired, hitting Rainey in the head.

He was transported to the Children's Hospital in Birmingham in critical condition until he was taken off life support Friday.

So far, charges haven't been filed in the case, but the grand jury will decide if anyone will be indicted.

Jesse was a football player at Colbert Heights, where his absence has been strongly felt. The school celebrated the young man's life at a football game Friday night.

Jesse's family took the field and the coach presented them with the game ball. Both teams knelt on the sidelines as Jesse's mother, grandparents, and brother stood at center field to honor his memory.

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