UPDATE: Shooting near Goessel claims life of 15-year-old

Details remain sketchy concerning the death of a 15-year-old girl allegedly shot once in the lower neck by her brother Thursday morning at their home near Goessel, said Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft.

Arriving at the scene of 266, 90th Road, Craft said the young girl, identified as Jodi Kay Campbell, was shot with a .22 calibur rifle.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Meridian Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, two miles east and two miles north of Hesston. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today (Jan. 8) at Moundridge Funeral Home and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She was born Feb. 6, 1995, to Roger and Marla Schmidt Campbell at Moundridge.

Survivors include her parents; brothers Tyler, Ethan, Jesse and Ivan, all of the home; grandmothers June Campbell of Goessel and Beatrice Riggs of Moundridge.

Memorials may be made to the Meadowlark Christian School or the Gospel Tract and Bible Society and sent in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, 115 W. Cole St., Moundridge, KS 67107-8830.

As of Friday, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff?s office were continuing to examine the evidence and talk with witnesses to determine if the shooting was accidental or criminal, he said.

No information has been released about the shooting incident, but some people have speculated on what they think happened.

In an effort to dissuade stories circulating about the shooting, Craft said there was no truth to the rumors that the victim?s brother was cleaning the gun when it accidentally went off through the floor or a wall of the house.

?However this comes out, though? Craft said, ?it is a tragedy for this entire family.?

Others at the scene included Marion County Undersheriff Dave Huntley, Deputy Jim Philpott, KBI, Marion County Emergency Medical Services, Hesston EMS and Hesston ambulance.

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