Girl killed while cleaning rifle

2013-07-05 11:05
Stephanie van den Berg (Beeld)

Stephanie van den Berg (Beeld)

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Mahikeng – A 15-year-old girl has died after shooting herself by accident while cleaning her 300 Winchester Magnum hunting rifle.

Beeld reported on Friday that Stephanie van den Berg asked her father if she was dying after the incident at their home in Delareyville, North West, on Wednesday.

Her father, Jaco, said when he saw that the wound in his daughter’s stomach was so serious that she would not survive, he answered her honestly: “We all have to die”.

He kept talking to her, telling her he loved her, and she was able to tell her father that she loved him.

Her brother, Philip, 16, held a pressure bandage on the wound and told his sister to “vasbyt”, but by the time an ambulance arrived, it was too late.

Van den Berg told Beeld he didn’t understand how the accident happened, because Stephanie was a good hunter who had shot and handled weapons since her primary school days.

It happened as Stephanie was cleaning the guns after a hunting trip with her father, who left the children at home while he went to their farm.

Philip heard a shot and rushed to the kitchen, to find his sister gravely wounded. Two local doctors who were called could not insert a drip, because Stephanie’s veins had collapsed from blood loss.


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