9-year-old boy killed in hunting accident, school district confirms

Colton Williams, 9, was killed in a hunting accident on Thanksgiving, family and DNR officials...
Colton Williams, 9, was killed in a hunting accident on Thanksgiving, family and DNR officials confirm. (Source: WRDW)(WRDW)
Published: Nov. 28, 2019 at 8:23 PM EST
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

WILLISTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A 9-year-old boy was killed in a hunting accident, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources confirms.

DNR officials tell us the incident happened in the town of Springfield in Orangeburg County.

The child, the family confirms, is 9-year-old Colton Williams.

Family members say Colton was out rabbit hunting with his father and a family friend when his dad accidentally shot his son.

Colton was a 4th grade student at Kelly Edwards Elementary School.

"It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of one of our beloved fourth grade KEES scholars, Colton Williams," The Willison School District wrote in a Facebook post. "Please join in with the KEES/Williston School District 29 family as we lift the family in prayer."

"Counselors will be on-site at KEES Monday morning, and will continue to be available throughout the week and longer, if needed."

We've also been told Colton was an organ donor.

Colton, according to his grandfather, "took piano lessons, won the marksmanship award at Camp Woodie, love every sport, and was a huge Clemson Tiger fan."

He also played for the Williston Blue Devils junior recreation league and was selected to play on the all-star team.

Visitation has been set for Colton between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Folk's Funeral Home in Williston. His funeral has also been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Springfield. The public is invited to attend.

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