High school students in Central Kentucky are in mourning today after an accidental shooting takes the life of one of their classmates.

Grief counselors are at Anderson County High, where 16-year-old Deserea Driskell was a freshman.

The teen was shot and killed late Monday afternoon at her home on Cheese Lick Road near the Ballard Community.

Friends and family tell 27 NEWSFIRST she was accidentally shot by her brother. They say he had just come home from a hunting trip and was unloading his gun from his truck when all of a sudden it went off. Driskell was already dead, by the time emergency crews arrived.

Kentucky State Police were called in to investigate and at this point are only saying it's an open death investigation.

An autopsy is being performed today in Frankfort, but those results are not back yet.

Visitation for Deserea will be held Thursday from 3 to 8 pm at Ritchie and Peach Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg.

The funeral is Friday at 3 pm at Hope Community Church in Franklin County.


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  • by chelsea jackson Location: frankfort on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    ..dez..girl words cant explain the love i have 4 you and the want thats triving in my heart to see your smiling face..i kno there wasnt rele much tym that we spent hangin out but even the memories i have from school delight the thought of having you here again! your forever in my heat and always on my mind..ill see you up there one day girl and mayb up in heaven we could go mudin or sumthin..lol.ill keep you and your family in my prayers!-ily
  • by taryn kincaid Location: anderson co. on Nov 23, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    dez.. u were a awesome girl. and u will be missed by so many.. i remeber u bak when we was in 1 tho like 3 grade 2 gether.. it was so funny. it was the best years ever.. we were allways in trouble. lol.. well i will pray for u and ur family.. i love u girl.
  • by Katie Location: Gustafson on Nov 22, 2007 at 05:01 PM
    I knew Dez pretty well. The last memory of her I have is in Homeroom. Ha, the last thing I asked her was odd, but it's still a memory. Every morning I think of her, & ever night before I go to sleep. It's tragic. & I'm not going to act like I was bestfriends with her, because i wasn't. But I did love her. She was always there for other kids. At one time, she was there for me. & I will always remember her as a little pistol. I miss her, & that about it. No if's, and's, of but's about it.
  • by Emily on Nov 22, 2007 at 04:34 PM
    People on here are acting just like the high school students saying your opinons out loud when most people like the news has the story wrong. Your jugdemental comments don't help anyone i will say just what i said to the students it's hard enough to burry your best friend and we don't need anyone to make it worst.I dont mean to be rude or make someone mad but before you cast our opinon why dont you get the story straight. I love the driskells they are like my family and she was like my sister so please just leave it alone let it go and her lay in peace.
  • by jessica Location: lex on Nov 17, 2007 at 05:43 AM
    my heart goes out to this family. the brother is going to need alot of support and love so be there for him.
  • by Gail Location: Winchester on Nov 15, 2007 at 12:47 PM
    Jeb well said and the same to you Bonnie. This young man DOES NOT need to be constantly reminded of what he should have, could have done. He is probably in extreme emotional peril right now and I can say this with some clarity as I have experienced a similar situation in my family and it was the hardest thing you will ever have to go through. Give this young man support an keep him close for a very, very long time as he will be prone to hurting himself. To the rest of you, you do have your opinions and they are like a** holes everyone has one so why don't you go inside and just set on yours Joey. That did not need to be said at this time. What are you trying to do hope that he reads your post and trys to kill himself out of his depression because he probably realizes what mistakes he might have made that cost his sister's life. Back off! To the family watch over this young man for a long time!
  • by Bonnie (Gibson) McMurray Location: Savannah, Georgia on Nov 15, 2007 at 08:46 AM
    I have been a friend to this family my whole life. It hurt me to see so many judgemental postings. Unless you know all of the details of what happened, keep your opinions to yourself. This was an accident, pure and simple. And the tragidy is, Jonathan will never be the same. The news doesn't even have the story correct, so before you jump to judging this young man, why don't you think about what he and the rest of this fine family are going through right now. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Driskells. You have always made me feel like a part of your family, and I am heart broken at your loss. I love you all, and wish I could be there to help. With Love, Bonnie (Gibson) McMurray and family.
  • by heather Location: anderson on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:51 PM
    may god be with this family...i will pray for you all. and i am verry sorry for your loss
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Nov 14, 2007 at 08:23 AM
    This is a very tragic event.
  • by Jeb Location: Ky on Nov 14, 2007 at 05:32 AM
    Yes, we all know the gun should have been cleared at the hunting site right after the brother was done hunting. With that said, EVERYONE who was a friend to this girl as well as EVERYONE who is a friend of her brother, needs to rally around him and do what you can to keep his spirits up and let him know that you also love him. He will go through all sorts of depression and doesn't need anyone to talk down to him. Keep close to him and don't let him be alone for a moment. Trust me on this one; depression is a terrible thing and I really don't want to see another youth die for no reason. Embrace him, talk to him and LISTEN to him through his words and his actions. He needs you all!
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