Rock Springs Miner no. 45 November 10, 1904
A Deplorable Accident.
One of the saddest accidents that has ever occurred in Rock Springs took place on Monday afternoon, resulting in the death of Nels Bunning, the sixteen year old son of Mrs. and Mrs. Chris Bunning.
He, in company with several boys of his own age, was at the slaughter house north of No. 6, where Charles Heffner was butchering. A 44 calibre six shooter was used in killing the beeves and Heffner supposed it to be empty, as he had but nine cartridges and killed eight beeves—shooting one of them twice. In fun he pointed the gun at the boys and it exploded, the bullet passing through young Bunning's body just above the hips.
He was taken to the hospital and everything possible was done for him but medical skill was of no avail and he died that night.
A coroner's inquest was held on Tuesday night and resulted in the verdict that the shooting was purely accidental. Mr. Heffner's grief over the accident is pitiable and his friends express anxiety over his condition.
The sympathy of the entire community is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Bunning, the circumstances being unusually sad. Mrs. Bunning had not returned from a visit to Wisconsin when the accident occurred and arrived on Wednesday morning, only to be greeted by the terrible news of the death of her son.
Nels was an unusually bright boy and his pleasant disposition had won him scores of friends among old and young. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Kingsley, and were attended by an immense concourse of friends and neighbors.
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