Teen Girl Shot Friend Dead After He Wanted to Try Out Bulletproof Vest – And She Missed
A South Carolina teen has been arrested after she fired a shot at her friend’s bulletproof vest for fun and missed.
According to police, 26-year-old Blake Wardell found an old Kevlar vest and asked 18-year-old Taylor Kelly to shoot him to try it out. Kelly fired one shot from a small-caliber handgun but the bullet went through the lining of the vest and struck Wardell’s heart.
Police say they did not find any evidence of heavy alcohol or drug use.
Kelly, who just graduated from Honea Path High School, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces up to five years in prison if found guilty.
Lt. Sheila Cole said “based on state law, involuntary manslaughter is defined as the reckless disregard of the safety of others. A person convicted of involuntary manslaughter may be imprisoned for up to five years.”
According to the autopsy, the victim died after bleeding to death in his garage where he and six to eight of his friends were hanging out.
Deputy Coroner Don McCown said “it wasn’t a fight. They were actually going to take a shot at the vest. They were going to shoot the victim with the vest on. And he was shot in the chest, just above the vest.”
According to investigators, the vest was about 15 years old.
On Wednesday, Blake’s father James posted an emotional eulogy on Facebook, writing “you took the truth with you ill never know what happenbut when I got there I hope you heard me when I said I lopve u. I do.”