Carroll Sheriff Terry Langley was unable to attend a Friday afternoon news conference announcing the arrests. But Hulsey read a written statement from Langley.
“The incident should serve as a reminder that learning gun safety, securing guns within your possession, and always having awareness of the lives of others around you is something we should all live by,” the statement read. “Accidents happen and now two families’ lives have been changed forever and one is forever gone. In times like this, we cannot let Candace’s life be taken from us without learning from this tragedy.”
Candace played clarinet in the school’s concert and marching bands, according to her family. Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the Mount Zion High School football field, according to her online obituary.
“Candace also loved to sing and took pride in listening to and appreciating many different genres of music,” her obituary states. “In addition to being gifted in the arts, Candace was also athletic and enjoyed her time on the soccer field and learning martial arts.”
A GoFundMe page was created to assist the family with funeral costs.
“She left behind a broken-hearted community but so many precious memories,” the fundraiser organizer wrote. “As we all grieve, it’s time for Eagle Nation to rise up and support a family that has always supported us.”