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Girl Who Shot Dad, Self in Murder Pact Is Dead

Texas girl died of self-inflicted injuries, police say; her father is out of hospital
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2022 12:30 AM CDT
Updated Oct 3, 2022 12:32 AM CDT
Girl, 12, Shot Father, Self as Part of Murder Pact With Friend: Cops
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Update: The Texas girl who shot her father and then herself as part of a murder pact with a friend is dead. The unidentified 12-year-old died Sept. 22—two days after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head outside her Weatherford home, with a handgun beneath her, the Parker County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, per CNN. An autopsy determined she died from "suicide by gunshot wound of head," the Sheriff's Office said. Police have not said who owned the weapon, per People. The girl's 38-year-old father, found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, is expected to recover. He has been released from a hospital. Our original story from Sept. 26 follows:

Police say a 12-year-old Texas girl made a pact with a friend to kill their families and pets, and apparently tried to follow through on her end. The girl was found lying in the street outside her Weatherford home Tuesday night with a gun underneath her body and an apparent gunshot wound to her head, and her father was found inside the home with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, NBC News reports. Police believe the girl shot him, ran from the house, then shot herself. Both were hospitalized, and neither their conditions nor their identities have been released.

It's also not clear whether the girl has been charged with a crime. Police say she made the murder pact with a friend in Lufkin, about 230 miles away, and that the plan was to kill their families and then run away from home together. They'd allegedly been planning for weeks, Fox News reports. The Parker County Sheriff's Office has charged the Lufkin girl with criminal conspiracy for allegedly planning the scheme, though they say she did not go through with her plan to kill her own father. "Due to the injuries, the age of the juveniles and the sensitive case matter, information released regarding this case will be limited," the sheriff says. (More Texas stories.)

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