One year since teen accidentally killed in slumber party shooting
Updated December 28, 2011 at 5:20 PM CST: Exactly one year has passed since the accidental death of Megan Reppond. The 14-year-old was accidentally shot during a slumber party.
Today, family and friends marked the anniversary by releasing balloons at her grave site.
Megan's family felt the celebration of her life and the healing process should be shared with the community.
"It's not an isolated event that we just heal ourselves," says Ginger Reppond, Megan's mother. "It's a healing to where we can take it out and heal other people. Help them get back up again too."
Purple was Megan's favorite color so some of her friends wore specially-made purple t-shirts honoring her.
"Megan had a picture that said 'I want to change the world with love' and I think that we can all do that, if we could all adopt her famous quote," Ginger told us. "How much better would this whole world be if we could all take what we just learned and help someone else?"
Updated August 2, 2011 at 10:54 PM CST: Family members and friends took time tonight to remember the life of Megan Reppond.
The Joplin teen who was accidentally shot during a slumber party last December. They gathered at Spiva Park, for what would have been her 15th birthday.
"With it being the first birthday since we lost her, I know that a lot of her friends, as well as her family just wanted to remember her on her birthday, she was so excited about turning 15 because she wanted to start to learn how to drive, so this is kind of a first here after she passed away so we felt like it was important to remember this first birthday." Says Kay Zerkel, Cousin of Megan
At the conclusion of the memorial, those in attendance tonight released purple balloons, with notes attached written for Megan.
Updated February 16, 2011 at 4:05 PM CST: A wrongful death lawsuit filed after a teen was killed at a slumber party has been settled by an insurance company.
Megan Reppond was killed December 27, 2010 while at a slumber party outside of Neosho, Missouri when another girl also staying the night picked up a gun and accidentally shot her in the head.
Megan's parents had filed the lawsuit against the parents hosting the party, Scott and Shirley Arkle of Neosho, Missouri.
Scott Arkle had received a holster for Christmas and had fitted the gun inside. It was left on a piano in a room the girls were not expected to go.
The Newton County sheriff called the incident a tragic accident.
The insurance company settled the lawsuit for $100,000.
Updated December 29 at 1:30 PM CST: Funeral services are set for a teen killed in an accidental shooting during a holiday vacation slumber party.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Parker Mortuary for Megan Reppond, 14, of Joplin, Missouri. Visitation is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Christian Life Center at 1700 S. Prosperity Avenue. The funeral is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Christian Life Center.
Reppond was shot in the head by a friend from church. She was taken to a local hospital, then Springfield before being taken off life support.
The shooting happened at the home of Scott and Shirley Arkle home on Sunrise Drive outside of Neosho.
Arkle had received a holster for Christmas and had fitted the gun inside. It was left on a piano in a room the girls were not expected to go.
One of the guests picked it up and pointed it at Megan when it fired.
The sheriff calls it a tragic accident and urges all to pay more attention to the dangers of guns.
"Everybody grows up hearing 'treat every gun as if it is loaded,'" says Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland. "I think it is a strong responsibility that falls back on every parent to make sure their kids know, whether they own guns or not, that guns are not toys."
Posted December 28, 2010 at 6:58 PM CST: Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says a Joplin girl was shot during a slumber party Monday night just before 9 p.m. at a home just outside of Neosho, Missouri.
Sheriff Copeland says that is when Megan Reppond, 14, of Joplin, was shot in the head.
She and some other friends were at a slumber party when one of the visiting friends picked up a gun off a piano and fired the shot.
Reppond was taken off life support Tuesday around 10 a.m.
Sheriff Copeland says information from their investigation will be sent to the prosecutor's office and juvenile authorities.
The name of the other teen involved in the case is not being released.