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April 13, 2023
A 12-year-old Texas girl who shot her dad before turning the gun on herself after her friend backed out of a reported murder pact has died, authorities have confirmed.
The girl, who was not been named due to her being a minor, died from a self-inflicted “gunshot wound of head” on September 22nd, two days after the shooting, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled.
“Her father, who was the victim of a gunshot wound to the abdomen was recently released from the hospital is expected to recover,” authorities said, per The Western Journal.
Investigators have theorized that the girl shot her father before leaving the scene and shooting herself. A handgun was found lying underneath the girl.
“The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and ruled the cause and manner of death as a suicide by gunshot wound of head,” their Facebook post said.
The girl and her friend, also 12, had reportedly been plotting to murder their families and pets for some time, Parker County Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities said the girl had “planned for several weeks to murder her family and pets and had been in contact with another juvenile female from Lufkin, TX, regarding the murder plot.”
The girl reportedly planned to kill her dad then leave Weatherford, which is located about 30 miles west of Fort Worth and drive 230 miles to pick up her friend in Lufka. The girls then planned to drive to Georgia.
The girl’s friend never carried out her part of the murder plot. Police have confirmed that the surviving girl has been charged with criminal conspiracy in the murder plot.
The motive for the murder plot still remains unknown.
“It doesn’t matter if they live in a small town or a big city. Things like this can happen, unfortunately,” said Jessica Pebsworth, the Lufkin Communications Director.
“I will say that this case is definitely a time to remind parents that it’s very important to know who your children are friends with, whether that’s in the classroom, social media apps, Snapchat, TikTok and then also gaming platforms,” Pebsworth added.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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