‘Close friend’ fatally shoots 15-year-old boy at Illinois state trooper’s home

By David Edwards
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:10 EDT
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Matthew Anderson killed by "close friend" (WQAD)
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State Police in Illinois are looking into the death of a teenage boy who was shot and killed by a 15-year-old friend at the home of a state trooper over the weekend.

“Illinois State Police officials are confirming that an accidental shooting occurred in District 1 at the residence of an ISP trooper at approximately 11:40 a.m. todaym,” Illinois State Police Lt. Victor Markowski confirmed on Saturday, according to Shaw Media Service. “Based on preliminary investigative details, the accidental shooting incident involved two male teenagers. One of the male teenagers unrelated to the trooper’s family suffered a fatal gunshot wound.”

Authorities declined to offer any additional details, but Whiteside County Coroner Joe McDonald later confirmed the identity of the victim.

“Matthew Anderson, 15, was pronounced dead shortly before noon Saturday March 1, 2014,” McDonald said.

In a statement on Sunday, Rock Falls High School Superintendent Ron McCord explained that grief counselors were working with students at Anderson’s school.

“Rock Falls Township High School is saddened by the accidental death of one of our students on Saturday, March 1,” McCord said. “A freshman student was accidentally shot and killed while at the home of a close friend.”

So far, investigators have not said if the gun involved in the shooting belong to the state trooper. But Markowski vowed to treat “this matter as we would any investigation.”

Watch the video below from WQAD, broadcast March 3, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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