Brighton teenager killed in hunting accident

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DENVER -- A Brighton family is mourning the loss of a teenager who was killed in a hunting accident near Salida on Saturday. 14-year-old Ian Muro apparently shot himself with a rifle as he, his parents and his grandfather returned to their truck on the first day of elk hunting season.

"Everybody's in shock and nobody can believe it," said Andrew Otto, Muro's grandfather. "It's like a nightmare you could never even have ever in your life."

Muro was ahead of the group when they heard a shot ring out. His father followed his son's tracks in the snow and discovered his body on the ground.

"He knew there was something wrong when Ian didn't respond," he said. "And he saw the bullet hole in his chest and the gun lying on top of him."

Otto said the rifle's safety was off. He said it was a horrible scene.

"I mean the hardest thing I've seen in my life is my grandson lying there in the woods," he said. "I can't get the image out of my head."

Otto said the Prairie View High School student was well-schooled in gun safety. Chaffee County investigators are looking into the incident. An autopsy on Muro will be performed on Monday.

5 comments

  • Bridget Bangura

    I miss Ian he was the best of the best .he was my best buddy and I love him and he always kept me laughing when I wasent at my best and Ian was everyone’s friend he has put a big impact on all of us at prairie view middle some of us can’t eat or sleep because it seems so not real we all think he’s going to walk in tommorow and this is all a dream but it’s reality our dearest loved one has left the planted of this earth and he will truly be missed by many and my prayers go out to his family and may god be with you all

  • Parker Latham

    Ian was an awesome kid and I was a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Ian was so funny and I miss him so..

  • Johnny Bustillos

    Im going to miss Ian so much he was so funny and a great person to be around. I cant believe hes not going to be walking this earth anymore. You will be missed Ian. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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