Community Pays Tribute to Girl Accidentally Shot to Death

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Balloons drifted into the wintry air Friday night during a ceremony to honor a young girl recently killed in a tragic accident.

Payton Thomas died late last month when a friend accidentally shot her as the two were playing. She was only 10 years old.

The community gathered Friday to pay tribute at Ruffner Elementary School where Payton was a third-grader.

Payton's parents said they're thankful for the support of the entire community. They also said they have set up a fund to help with expenses during this difficult time.

The Payton Thomas Memorial Fund has been established at the United Bank along Virginia Street East in Charleston.

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