RICH COUNTY — The name of a Weber County boy killed in an accidental shooting Sunday in Rich County has been made public. 

The Associated Press reports that the deceased boy is 14-year-old North Ogden resident Zack Kempke. 

Police and medics were dispatched to a remote area of the Monte Cristo Range around 3 p.m. Sunday after a 911 call saying someone was shot, according to a press release from the Rich County Sheriff’s Office.

When first responders arrived they found Kempke had been shot in the head and died at the scene.

Kempke was with his family and riding in the back seat of a vehicle when he was hit.

Police say the bullet came from an individual who was shooting at a target “several hundred feet” from the vehicle, according to the release. Thick brush and trees prevented the individual and other witnesses from seeing the road down range.

Kempke's uncle, Cory Hopkins, told the Associated Press that his nephew was "loving" and "very family oriented."

He said the teen was very spiritual and loved video games and the band KISS.

Kempke attended North Ogden Junior High, according to Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay. Counselors for the school district have been mobilized to the school for students in need, Findlay said in an email.

As of Tuesday morning it was not immediately clear if the case had been sent to the Rich County Attorney's Office to screen for possible criminal charges. 

Calls to the Rich County Attorney's Office and the Rich County Sheriff were not returned as of Tuesday morning. 

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl or email him at

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