ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee’s Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirms a 12-year-old boy shot and killed 11-year-old Sienna Owens in Estill Springs Friday.
Both children were students at North Middle School.
Deputies located the victim, identified as Sienna Owens, in the garage with a gunshot wound to her upper back.
A pink bow and flowers adorn Owens’ locker at the school and students are writing letters for her parents.
“Just reading those letters is really very touching and tells a true story of what a beautiful young lady she was,” said Stanley Bean, her principal.
Two counselors are at the school to help the children deal with their grief.
Sienna was in 6th grade, along with the boy authorities believe fired the shot. The two were friends and their families were also friends.
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said the two were at the boy’s home with four other students inside his family’s garage when the shooting occurred.
He would not disclose who the gun belonged to, where it was, how the boy got his hands on it, what kind of weapon it was.
Only one shot was fired.
All of the investigation details will be handed over to the district attorney to determine if charges will be filed and whether the shooting was accidental, intentional or neglectful.
Authorities are waiting on results of ballistics testing.
Sheriff Fuller said both children come from good families and the 12-year-old boy is not doing well at all.
Visitation for Owens will be held at Moore Cortner Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Moore Cortner Funeral Home, and burial services will be conducted at Franklin Memorial Gardens.
There will be a memorial service at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at North Middle School for 6th graders who can’t attend the funeral.
Following the service there will be a balloon release.