Maryville teen killed in apparent accidental shooting

Maryville teen killed in apparent accidental shooting

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Skyler Boring (Source: Family) Skyler Boring (Source: Family)
Boring (front right) was known as "Rooster" to friends because of his hair style. Boring (front right) was known as "Rooster" to friends because of his hair style.
"Anything can happen, so don't take anything for granted," said Devan Teaster. "Anything can happen, so don't take anything for granted," said Devan Teaster.
"He was just what you want your grandchildren to be," Judy Mincey, Boring's grandmother, said. "He was just what you want your grandchildren to be," Judy Mincey, Boring's grandmother, said.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A recent high school graduate and wrestling captain was fatally shot Tuesday night in Blount County.

Relatives say Skyler Boring, 17, was shot in the chest while he and some friends were playing with guns.

It happened at a home on East Lamar Alexander Parkway just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The Blount County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting as an accident.

"He was bigger than life, funny. Everybody loved Skyler," said his grandmother Judy Mincey.

She was so proud of her grandson helping the Heritage High School wrestling team to fourth place in the state tournament back in February and then graduating just last week with plans to become a chef.

"He was just what you want your grandchildren to be," Mincey said.

She's shocked by how he died.

"To us, it's just out of character for Skyler," Mincey said. "Apparently they were playing, looking at guns, playing some silly war game, guns that were 'not loaded,' but obviously one of them was."

Mincey said nearly the entire wrestling team and their families came to the hospital Tuesday night.

"Skyler would have been so happy to see all his teammates there," she said.

Coach Jerry Teaster had a meeting with his athletes Wednesday to talk about the loss.

"He's like a family member to us. We're really close," Teaster said.

For Skyler's former teammates, who called him "Rooster" because of his hair, the news is still sinking in.

"He'd always try his hardest," remembered Keagan Matlock.

"Anything can happen, so don't take anything for granted," said Devan Teaster.

Skyler Boring's family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Maryville, with the service to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral home for burial expenses.

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