Girl dies after being accidentally shot by brother

The siblings were at their great-grandparents house in Irondale, Alabama.

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The 3-year-old boy was playing with his sister and found a gun on a nightstand in a bedroom of the house.

Just after 2 p.m. Saturday, he accidentally shot his sister in the head while playing with the gun.

WVTM reported that the girl was identified by family members as Kimi Reylander.

“My understanding is the great-grandfather had the pistol laying on the dresser. The uncle and grandmother didn’t know it was laying there as well,” Irondale Police Department Chief Ken Atkinson told WIAT.

Police believe it was a "tragic accident."

"I came in and when I came in the door, my son came out and said she had been shot," Joel Watson, Kimi Reylander's great-grandfather said. "Her grandma was laying the towel on her head and laid down there and started praying, she was praying, I was praying, my wife was screaming and praying. Nobody knows how that feel until you experience it."

Kimi Reylander sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Children's of Alabama. She died hours later.

The children's great uncle George Donahoo said Kimi Reylander was a "sweet little girl."

"We're just depending on God, you know? You just have to give it to him; that's all we can do," said Donahoo. "Kim just accepted the Lord nine months ago so we know she's in Heaven."

Chrissy Coblentz, whose family are neighbors to Kimi Reylander's great-grandparents, set up a GoFundMe page for the girl's memorial fund. It has surpassed its $5,000 goal and has since closed.

Coblentz said she handed all funds to Rodney Watson, Kimi Reylander's grandfather.

A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday. 

9-year-old, Kimi Reylander, has died after being accidentally shot by her little brother today in Irondale. http://wvtm.tv/6184Bwr9n

Posted by WVTM 13 on Saturday, February 6, 2016

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