Community mourns 13-year-old killed in hunting accident

Community mourns 13-year-old killed in hunting accident

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Will May attended Rock Quarry Middle School, which shares a building with Rock Quarry Elementary. Source: Kelvin Reynolds Will May attended Rock Quarry Middle School, which shares a building with Rock Quarry Elementary. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
Will May was killed in a hunting accident over the weekend. Hundreds of students attended a special service in his honor on Sunday night. Will May was killed in a hunting accident over the weekend. Hundreds of students attended a special service in his honor on Sunday night.
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Today, many students at Rock Quarry Middle School will wear Auburn Tiger colors in honor of one of their classmates who died during a hunting trip over the weekend.

Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark says 13-year-old Will May was accidentally shot and killed by another juvenile during a rabbit hunt. May's death has been ruled accidental.

May was said to be a huge Auburn fan. Sunday night, his friends, family and loved ones also wore orange and blue at a worship service for him. More than 400 teens attended the service.

There were a lot of tears from May's peers, who are shocked to hear of his death. The teens met at First United Methodist Church in downtown Tuscaloosa, where May's family attends church.

Those who knew May best say he had a smile that would light up a room, he always had a joke, and always saw the positive in everything. He was a role model to many of the younger children.

Details surrounding the death are few, other than he was on a hunting trip and somehow a gun accidentally went off, killing him.

"It was just terrible. We got the call late last night. They were on their way to the hospital. It's just devastating whenever one of your little ones are hurt," said Dr. Ken Dunivant, May's pastor. "He had such an engaging smile and deposition. He could be mischievous, he was just so much fun and we were really blessed."

At the service they had an open mic and student after student told stories of their best memories with May. Those who knew him say he was one of a kind.

A visitation for May will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. His funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa.

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