ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities say an 11-year-old girl has died after she was shot in Estill Springs Friday evening.
It happened in the neighborhood about 85 miles south of Nashville, around 6:30 p.m.
Deputies located the victim, identified as Sienna Owens, in the garage with a gunshot wound to her upper back. According to Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller, a responding deputy attempted to perform CPR.
Owens was transported to Southern Tennessee Medical Center, where she died.
An autopsy will be performed to determine if the shooting was accidental or intentional. Authorities are also working to determine if it was neglectful.
Authorities told News 2 that Owens did not live at the home where the shooting occurred and that they know who the shooter is.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Rain Teen Center opened its doors Saturday to serve as a place for the community to come celebrate the girl’s life. A sign outside the nonprofit expressed its sentiments to the Owens family for their loss.
Youth pastors were on hand for those in need of counseling.
Employees told News 2 that Owens regularly attended the facility and that they recently nicknamed her “Smiley” because she was always smiling.
About a dozen children, including family and friends of Owens, attended a vigil Saturday night. The event was held at a soccer field at dusk, because Owens’ middle name was Dusk.
Dozens of community members joined her family in releasing red and blue balloons in her honor.
Attendees told News 2 that Owens’ soccer coach retired her jersey and gave the family a signed ball from the team.