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Police: Clinton teen's death may be accidental

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Eugene Kinard (Source: Kinard's family) Eugene Kinard (Source: Kinard's family)
The "Put Down the Guns Young People" rally in Clinton. (Sept. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina) The "Put Down the Guns Young People" rally in Clinton. (Sept. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina)
CLINTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Questions remain on day three of the investigation into the death of Eugene Kinard, but public safety officials say the story that the teen accidentally shot himself is checking out.

The 17-year-old died Monday, a day after he was shot near his home on Elizabeth Street. Clinton Public Safety Director Robin Morse said witnesses are being interviewed and taking polygraph tests.

"Everything is shaping up to be just like it was told to us initially," Morse said Wednesday. "Whether he was playing Russian roulette or whatever, I don't know that we will ever be able to say for sure, but for whatever reason he pulled the trigger and it went off."

Initial reports said witnesses fled the scene in fear and left Kinard alone to die. Morse denied that, saying first responders met up with Kinard's cousin, who was tending to him before the ambulance arrived.

Wednesday, a rally was held in the heart of Clinton, put on by the "Put Down the Guns Young People" organization.

"Kids should not play with guns," said organizer Jack Logan. "But at the same time I want adults to keep guns away from a child."

"I just wish these young gentlemen out here would take life more serious and not mess around with guns," Morse said.

An autopsy will be performed after Kinard's organs have been harvested for donation, police said.

Morse also said a marijuana joint was found in Kinard's hand at the time of the incident, but police have to wait for toxicology reports to make any determinations as to Kinard's state of mind when he was shot.

As for the family, the grief is still fresh.

"I just wish I could take his place," Kinard's sister Jakeara said with tears in her eyes Wednesday.

Kinard's funeral will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethel World Church in Clinton.

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