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Oak Grove students remember classmate killed in hunting accident

Alyssa Scott was killed in what authorities believe was a hunting accident. (Courtesy: Oak Grove High School)

A teenage girl was killed Monday afternoon in what is being described as a tragic hunting accident.

Alyssa Scott died from a gunshot wound during a youth hunting trip according to authorities in Jefferson County. The sheriff's office says a friend was passing down a rifle when it accidentally went off.

The shooting happened in an the area of Valley Ford Road and Bufford Road, north of Adger. Scott was transported to UAB Medical West but did not survive her injury.

School administrators confirm Scott was a student and member of the school band. "She wanted to be the beast at everything she did. Her whole goal in life was to make everyone happy," said Scott's classmates according to principal Pam Dennis.

Guidance counselors and clergy members were at Oak Grove High School to help grieving students. "As soon as I walked in it was all quiet. Counselors were in the room talking to us. It was just emotional. We just supported each other," said Scott's fellow band member, Stone Martin.

Students plan to wear Scott's favorite color, purple during class Wednesday. Dennis said the school will begin collecting donations they believe will be needed to help with funeral costs.

While the case remains under investigation, authorities say all signs point to this being a tragic accident.


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