Kirby Middle student killed in accidental shooting, school says


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kirby Middle School is mourning the death of one of its students, for the second time in less than a year.

Jacob Smith was killed Saturday in an accidental shooting at a relative's home in Mississippi, school officials say.

According to the school, "Jacob was an energetic student athlete who was known for his bright smile, infectious laugh, and playful spirit. While he was socially popular, he was also an extremely intelligent honors student, who was a value add to our school's community."

Principal Marian Williams says Smith was a student who stood out a Kirby Middle School.

"He was really popular, really smart and a really intelligent student."

She says he was known as an energetic athlete who had a bright smile.

Smith ran track, was on the football team and also made honor roll. He was even featured in the school's promotional video.

"He just had a great personality. He got along with students and staff wonderfully," Williams said.

That's why they're devastated by his sudden death.

Kirby Middle was open from 11 to 1 Monday for students and families to mourn.

Some other news outlets previously reported that Smith was killed in Chicago. The school said that information was incorrect.

This is the second death of a Kirby Middle student by accidental shooting in less than a year. In November, 13-year-old Carl Fowler died after police say his friend accidentally shot him.

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