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Oklahoma authorities investigate shooting death of girl, 16

October 7, 2018
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In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, photo, the McLoud and Cushing spirit squads pray together at halftime of a high school football game at O'Dell Field in Cushing, Okla. The game was postponed and moved from McLoud after Kaylen Thomas, a McLoud High School student, was fatally shot the previous day. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP)

MCLOUD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma are investigating after a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot at a home.

McLoud Police Chief Tom Pringle says Kaylen Thomas was shot in the head Friday at a home in the city about 30 miles east of Oklahoma City. She later died at a hospital.

Pringle says police are trying to determine what exactly happened. He says a gun was recovered and several people were at the home when it happened. He says all of the witnesses were juveniles.

At a high school football game Saturday, Thomas was remembered with balloons and streamers in purple — her favorite color. The game was originally set for Friday in McLoud but it was postponed after the shooting and moved to Cushing, the opponent’s hometown.

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