A father shot and killed his son on Christmas Eve in what police have ruled to be an accidental shooting in Alabama.
Aspiring musician Logan Trammell, 22, from Jones Chapel, Cullman County, Al. passed away from shooting injuries on Christmas Day after his father mistook him for a thief on the night of Christmas Eve, reported WKRG-TV.
He had started driving away from his parents home in his father’s truck at about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.
But his father didn’t realise that his son was driving the vehicle. Thinking that someone was trying to steal it, he shot in the air and then shot at the tailgate of the truck.
Then the truck stopped, and his family said that’s when he realized his son was the driver, according to WKRG-TV.
“It was just a horrific accident. A horrific accident. My brother thought someone was stealing his truck, never realized it was Logan because he didn’t live down here all the time, he lived with my mom and dad,” Tammy Jacobs, Trammell’s aunt told WKRG-TV.
22-year-old mistaken as thief, killed by father – CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) – Family and friends of 22-year-old Logan Trammell are gathering to remember the young musician after an accidental shooting took his life on Christmas Eve. Trammell’s family says … https://t.co/QwJnzBxPO7
— Mobile AL Journal (@mobilealjournal) December 28, 2017
“He still never realized that it was Logan until he got the door open and he realized who it was.”
He was taken to The Cullman Regional hospital, where he died later on Christmas morning, according to local newspaper the Cullman Times.
In a Facebook post, his aunt wrote, “My heart is shattered to a million pieces. I will miss your precious smile, your silly since of humor, your good ideas and your beautiful voice!!”
A funeral service will be held at Missionary Grove Church on Saturday Dec. 30. His passion was music and song-writing.
According to WKRG-TV, he hoped to one day move to Nashville, Tennessee to focus on a music career. Music was a passion shared by his father, who was recording music in his camper as he saw his truck being driven away on Dec. 24.
LOGAN TRAMMELL – Dead At Age 22 – The family will receive friends at Missionary Grove Church on Saturday, December 30, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm.
— Cullman Today (@CullmanToday) December 27, 2017
Relative Stacey Tankersley told the news outlet: “Love your family every chance you get. ‘Cause you never know when the last time you’re gonna see someone, or the last chance you’re gonna get to hug them or tell them that you love them.”
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office said that it had ruled the shooting as accidental, according to WKRG-TV.