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4-year-old who died in accidental shooting remembered

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School officials are reacting to the news of a four-year-old boy's death after he accidentally shot himself in the head.

The boy was Jayden Choate of Fort Atkinson. He was visiting a home in Elgin with his mother and two siblings, at the time of the shooting.

KWWL's Jessica Hartman spoke with the superintendent of the Turkey Valley Schools where Jayden Choate was a pre-school student.

Superintendent Clark Goltz said four-year-old Jayden was full of life and a true joy to have in the school. He is a young student who will be missed.

 "You say your heart is broken, our hearts are shattered. That is the only way to describe it," said Goltz.

 The accidental shooting, is a tragedy that has the small community shocked by the sudden loss of such a young and vibrant child.

 "He is curious, he is smart, he is funny, he is a friend to many people; if he saw someone who needed help, he would go right to them and help them out. He is the kind of young person you want every child to start with, to grow, and to become a young man . . .but he didn't have that opportunity," said Goltz.

  For the students who knew Jayden at Turkey Valley, the school is offering counseling to deal with the loss of their friend and classmate.

 Members of the school district also showing their support for the family at Sunday's candlelight vigil.

"There were parents there, there were school personnel there; so we did and said what we could and surrounded them with our love and support. I think we are doing what we can to help them, but I am sure it is not enough," said Goltz.

 Superintendent Goltz also said that if any good can come from this tragic situation, it is his hope, parents will talk with their children about the dangers of firearms.

 The incident remains under investigation.


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