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Pastor's daughter dies after accidental shooting in church

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 02:53 PM

A pastor's daughter who was shot in the head at a church in an apparent accident last weekend died this morning, Pinellas County deputies said.

Hannah Kelley, 20, was shot at Grace Connection Church, 4017 56th Ave. N. in Lealman, while two men inspected a gun they thought was unloaded, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Kelley died at 10:20 a.m. at Bayfront Medical Center, deputies said.

About 40 people were lingering in the church's fellowship hall after the 10:30 a.m. service when the gun went off.

Moises Zambrana, who handles the sound system for the church, took Dustin Bueller and another man into a closet off the fellowship hall to show Bueller his 9 mm Ruger pistol, sheriff's office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said last week. Bueller, 20, who is dating Kelley, was interested in buying a gun.

Zambrana, 48, is licensed to carry the gun and was explaining its safety features. He had taken out the magazine and thought the chamber was empty, Barreda said.

The gun went off, and the bullet went through a wall and hit Kelley, the Rev. Tim Kelley's daughter.

No charges have been filed in the shooting.

"It does appear that this was a tragic accident," Barreda said.

Deputies continue to investigate.

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