Funeral services were held Friday in Spiro, Okla., for the teenage girl — the daughter of a local man — who died as a result of an accidental shooting in the Tucker, Okla., community on May 26.
Saylor Slone Martine, 15, the daughter of Jamie Martine and a LeFlore County resident suffered a gunshot wound to the head from an accidental gun discharge and later died in a Tulsa hospital, according to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale.
Because Jamie Martine resides in south Logan County and will be spending considerable time, Tiffany Willis, a Booneville native who lives in Dallas has established an Internet donation drive for him at http://www.gofundme.com/329ork.
Martine and her 12-year-old sister were inside their residence handling a .380 semi-automatic handgun that belongs to their parents. One of the girls placed the gun down on a counter and when Martine bent down to pick up her cellphone, the gun suddenly discharged, striking her in the head. Neither of the girls was handling the gun when it discharged. Seale said the gun discharging may be the result of a production defect.
Martine was flown to a Tulsa hospital, according to Seale.
Martine’s mother was outside when the gun discharged, Seale said.
“Making sure guns are completely unloaded and properly secured will prevent tragic accidents from taking place,” Seale said.
The incident has drawn the attention of news outlets in multiple states and from McAllister Bryant, a writer for www.liberalamerica.org, who echoes Seale.
In his article, available Bryant indicates there was no magazine in the gun when it was being handled by the girls, but that a semi-automatic handgun can be fired without a magazine if a round was chambered prior to removal of the magazine.
Bryant’s blog post is available at at http://www.liberalamerica.org/2013/05/28/15-year-old-killed-with-unsupervised-handgun/
Hiraam Raache of the Times Record contributed information used in this article.