KAYSVILLE — The family who tragically lost their daughter and sister in an unintentional shooting Sunday has released a statement mourning her loss.
Adelaide "Addy" Clinger, 12, died from a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon at her home after being accidentally shot by one of her sisters. She was remembered by her family Tuesday in a statement sent to the Standard-Examiner by the bishop of their Latter-day Saints congregation.
"We are heartbroken by the passing of our sweet Addy. We miss her terribly. Yet, we know that our lives have been better for having her in them, and we know that we can be with her again," the statement reads.
"We are truly grateful for the wonderful first-responder team. We are also very appreciative of the thoughts and prayers from so many people. We have been so blessed by the love, kindness, and support from the community. And though we are so very grateful, we also ask for privacy to grieve and to heal."
A viewing for Clinger is being held publicly 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LDS meetinghouse on 615 N. Flint St. in Kaysville. Her funeral will follow at 11 a.m. in the same location.
In place of flowers, the Clinger family has said donations may be made to the Addy Clinger Memorial Fund at www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/rkn6/addy-clinger-memorial-fund or the Addy Clinger Benefit Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank location. The account number for the family's Wells Fargo fund is 7740381012.
A statement from Clinger's www.giveforward.com campaign praised her energetic personality.
"Addy was a vivacious girl who shared her laughter and love with everyone. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her," the statement reads.
Clinger was accidentally shot in the back, fire chief Brett Larkin said Sunday, and died on scene. Police are investigating the shooting as a tragic mishap.
Neighbor Steve Farnes said Clinger had presented a talk at her LDS ward earlier Sunday, adding "she did a great job."
“They’re good people,“ Farnes said of the girl's family. ”It’s a tight knit community. ... Any time you have a tragedy like this it’s going to affect our community.“
Counselors were provided Monday for students at Centennial Junior High, where Clinger attended.