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Friends remember teen shot and killed at coast, two others injured

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A rock outside Ardrey Kell High School reads "RIP Jasmine Thar." It's written in Jasmine's favorite color, purple.

Friends tell me Jasmine was excited about taking a trip to the coast on holiday break.

The 16-year-old, her cousin and her aunt were leaving a relatives house when police say a single bullet struck all three of them.

"She was like one of my best friends," Simone Hebron said.

"It's just hard to believe she is gone," Charisse Thompson said.

Police say the bullet was fired through this bedroom window of a home across the street.

James Blackwell, 23, says he was cleaning his gun when it accidentally went off.

Police say Jasmine, her cousin Jahmesha McMillian and her aunt Traeka McMillian were standing single file, getting into a car, ready to go shopping.

"One single bullet went through one person to the next and fragments from my understanding was the last person," Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said.

"I heard a gunshot go off and I came out my front door and I saw the people on the ground and I started to do CPR on the second girl," Neighbor Donald Evans said.

Jasmine's cousin is still in the hospital. Her aunt was treated and released.

Charisse Thompson says she heard the news about 30 minutes after it happened.

The pair met through a community service group called Ebony's Angels

"She would always be laughing and as soon as we met, that was the first time I met her, I just felt like I knew her forever," Thompson said.

"We just try to remember all the good times and what she would be saying if she were here," Jazmine Gathers said.

Jasmine's friends plan to hold a candlelight vigil Friday night around the rock at Ardrey Kell High School. It will start at 5 pm.

Police currently have not charged James Blackwell. They say they will turn over all their information to the D.A.

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