18-year-old Louis Dercqu, of Rineyville, Kentucky, was with his best friend, 19-year-old Shelby Langley. The two teens were hanging weapons on a wall for display in Shelby's room. Louis was handling a .22 caliber rifle when he unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting Shelby in the head.
"It was a very, very tragic accident, no other way of putting it," said Shelby's mother.
"He was a cancer survivor, a volunteer fire fighter, had a job that he loved, got his dream car last year from his mommy and dad, and was getting ready to start Spencerian College this month," added Shelby's godmother. "He had his life planned out."
Police are investigating the incident. Shelby's family does not want charges filed against Louis.
"My heart breaks for my son and the loss, and my heart breaks for what Louis is having to live with," said Shelby's mother.