Teen Is Killed In Hunting Accident

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Family and friends say they are in shock after hearing one of their own, fourteen year old Ryan Hawkins accidentally shot himself during a hunting trip in Letcher County.

Police say fourteen year old Ryan Hawkins accidentally shot himself while on a hunting trip.

Family and friends say they are still in disbelief.

“Ryan said dad I'm going to walk on down here where he killed his deer last year. At that point, I guess when they were loading up Anthony said he's seen like these vines and he got tangled up in and a log and he fell on the gun, it discharged,” Hawkins’ Uncle Carter Sluss said.

Carter says Ryan died at the scene.

Those who loved him say they don't know how they're going to celebrate Christmas without him.

“He loved to work with kids. He was in the program big brothers and that's how they looked up to him,” Sluss said.

Family and friends will gather Monday at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa.

The public is welcome to pay their respects from five to nine.

Ryan Hawkins' Funeral is set for Wednesday at 11 am at the Blaine Elementary School's gym.

Hawkins was in eighth grade at the school.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    sorry about your lost
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 08:10 AM
    Sheesh, why do you have to be that way? Tact, my friend, T-A-C-T!
  • by mike Location: versailles on Dec 18, 2007 at 08:00 AM
    Please fellow hunters, NEVER have the safety off on your gun until you are aimed and ready to shoot! This is a terrible tragedy, and just teaching your children proper gun use WILL prevent this from happening! Deepest sympathy for this family.
  • by Elizabeth Location: georgetown on Dec 18, 2007 at 07:57 AM
    it wasnt that long ago that one of my really good friends from school was killed Jeremy Disney he was a good friend so i know what the familly and friends are going through. so i am praying for the familie and friends during this holliday season and time of grief.god bless you all.
  • by Meleesha Hooper Location: Williamsburg, Ky on Dec 18, 2007 at 06:55 AM
    We will be praying for the family and friends of this young man. I hope God gives them peace and understanding in this time of need. To his mother, I truly am sorry. I wish you comfort and love to surround you through this. GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!
  • by Sheesh Location: Lex on Dec 18, 2007 at 05:28 AM
    Once and for all people, it is "sorry to hear about your LOSS, not LOST!
  • by danny Location: corbin on Dec 17, 2007 at 01:42 PM
    to the family and friends our prayers are with you all.please dont give up your faith in god and he will lead u through these troubled times.
  • by Amanda Adkins Location: Lick Creek on Dec 17, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    sorry to hear about your lost it is very sad to hear i will keep you all in my prayer god bless you all
  • by Lucille Location: Louisa on Dec 17, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    Do you have any information on the accident that happened in Louisa, KY on Dec.14, 2007 where a Mr. Kirk was killed in an autombile accident.
  • by TONYA Location: CORBIN on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:43 PM
    THIS IS REALLY SAD.MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THIS FAMILY DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND TIME OF GRIEF.MAY THE LORD WRAP HIS ARMS AROUND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU,AND BRING COMFORT AND PEACE TO EVERY SINGLE HEART, BODY AND SOUL.

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