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No charges filed in 13-year-old girl's death

ALBANY -- Last week's fatal shooting of 13-year-old Lejuawlard "Love" Lunsford in Albany was called a tragic accident by District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Lunsford died after she suffered a 7mm rifle gunshot wound to the neck Dec. 7 fired by her 15-year-old brother while he played with the presumably trigger-locked gun.

The parents, Thomas and Weaujel Lunsford, had taken strong steps to lock the rifle and protect their children, Edwards said. No charges will be filed against the brother or the parents, Edwards said.

"The father made a sincere effort to make the gun safe," Edwards said. "The attempt didn't work. There was no intent (by the brother) behind the shooting. It was a tragic accident."

According to an investigation report: The rifle had an improperly installed lock on it. The lock on the rifle had been installed backwards in front of the trigger, when it should have been behind the trigger.

"This is all the more reason to ask the police for help on locking up guns," Edwards said. "The Albany police have experts to help. They also offer gun safety classes."

For information on gun handling and safety classes call the Albany Police Department at (229) 431-2100.