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Huntington, WV Shooting, Oct 1931

Coroner Absolves Lad in Shooting
Funeral Rites for Leonard Hundley, Gun Victim, Set For Thursday

Funeral arrangements were complete today for Leonard Hundley, 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Hundley, 606 1/2 Ninth Avenue, who was fatally wounded when a revolver in the hands of a playmate accidentally discharged while the two were playing in a wooded section of Fifth Street hill yesterday afternoon.

The services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the South Side Methodist Episcopal church, with Rev. Carson officiating. Internment will be made in Woodmere Cemetery.

Dr. F.X. Schuller, county coroner, today absolved Bernard West, Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. Bernard W. West, of 511 Thirteenth Avenue, the Hundley boy's playmate, from blame in connection with the tragedy, holding the discharge of the gun to have been accidental.

According to the West child, who said he had obtained the gun from a medicine cabinet in his home, he had been playing Indian with his companion.

"The gun was rusty and I didn't know it was loaded," he told Dr. Schuller. "I was sitting on the ground playing with the gun when it went off."

Struck in the right side of the chest, the Hundley boy stumbled nearly 200 feet before falling to the ground. Rushed to Memorial hospital by D.C. Thompson, of 2619 Guyan Avenue, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The boys had been almost inseparable companions, their families said, and the nook where they were playing yesterday had been their favorite haunt.

In addition to his parents, young Hundley leaves a brother, William, 14 years old. Mr. Hundley is a sales manager for the Galigher Motor Sales Co. and is widely known here, while Dr. West is a prominent Huntington dentist and former member of the state senate.

Source: Huntington Advertiser 27 October 1931

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