Laurens County deputies said a 12-year-old girl has died after a shooting late Sunday night.
Authorities tell FOX Carolina that Hope Alexandria Fair died after being shot in the head at a home on Hanging Tree Road.
Hope was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Deputies said a 15-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Hope's death.
They say the 15-year-old-boy, Hope and another 13-year-old girl were at a residence on Hanging Tree Road in Fountain Inn without adults Sunday night.
Deputies say 911 dispatch first received a call around 6:30 p.m. from the 15-year-old boy stating that he had walked into a room and found Fair with a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators say they then got a call from the 13-year-old witness who stated the gun was in the 15-year-old boy's hands when it went off, and he had ran outside to hide in the forest until deputies arrived.
Investigators say through their investigation they determined the boy was playing with the gun and was attempting to load a magazine when the gun accidentally went off, shooting Hope in the head.
Deputies say the boy had stolen the gun from his grandfather's vehicle.
Hope's family says they are having a difficult time making sense of why this happened.
"Someone doesn't need to leave a gun laying out where kids can grab it," said Breanna Fair, the victim's sister.
Deputies with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Coroner's Office, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office are all investigating the case.
Authorities said the suspect has been taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice and is awaiting a court hearing.
Friends of the victim's family say a candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. outside her school, Hickory Tavern Middle School.
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