Death – North Carolina girl, 3, dies after accidentally shooting herself on Christmas

Death – Obituary

A 3-year-old North Carolina girl who had been hospitalized after accidentally shooting herself on Christmas Day has died, authorities said Wednesday.

Aylee Gordon was pronounced dead Tuesday night at Mission Hospital in Asheville, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement.

Aylee was the daughter of retired Henderson County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Gordon, said sheriff’s office spokesman Johnny Duncan in an email.

The shooting, in the rural community of Edneyville, was reported Saturday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office said. 

According to 911 audio obtained by NBC affiliate WYFF of Greenville, South Carolina, Gordon dialed emergency responders and said his family had a visitor for the holiday who accidentally left a gun in his car.

“She picked it up and it went off,” he said, according to the recording.

Gordon, who retired from the sheriff’s office in 2016, drove Aylee to a fire station because he was having trouble getting cell phone reception, the station reported. She was then taken to Mission Hospital, about 20 miles north.

Additional details about the shooting weren’t immediately available.

Possible criminal charges in the case will be decided by the local district attorney’s office or the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

Neither agency responded to requests seeking comment Wednesday.

This year, 1,046 children under the age of 11 were killed or injured by gunfire, up from 999 last year and between 600 and 700 during each of the six prior years, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

A report released earlier this year from the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit research and advocacy group, found that in 2019, gun violence was the leading cause of death for all children and teens under 19.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.