OREGON CITY, Ore. -- A funeral has been planned for the 9-year-old girl who died last weekend after being shot at her Oregon City home.
The family will have a celebration of life service for Shayla May Shonneker at Southlake Church on Wednesday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. The church is located at 1555 Southwest Borland Road in West Linn. Anyone wanting to send flowers can have them delivered to Hillside Chapel at 1306 7th Street in Oregon City and they will be transported to the funeral event.
Shonneker was playing in her backyard in the 2000 block of 12th Street when a shot came from inside the home.
The boyfriend of the girl's mom, 32-year-old Joseph Wolters, was inside the home practicing holstering with his gun when it went off. The bullet went through the wall and hit the girl outside, said Lt. Jim Band of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Shayla was taken to OHSU by LifeFlight helicopter where she died as soon as she arrived, Oregon City police said.
Wolters lived in the home. He had recently been hired by an armored transport company, Band said. He was practicing holstering and unholstering his handgun in preparation for a handgun qualification requirement at his new job.
Shayla went to Wetten Elementary in the Gladstone district, police said. Grief counselors helped students there deal with the tragedy.
The family also created a community Facebook page, called "In Loving Memory of Shayla," where people can see pictures and share their condolences.