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Clifton Hays McGinn - 20 Feb 1875 - 5 Nov 1892
Posted by: Jane Howard (ID *****0772) Date: September 25, 2010 at 07:57:05
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Clifton McGinn Met Death at the Hand of His Young Friend, Howard Winchester--Accidental Shooting--A Sad Occurrence.

A very distressing affair happened in Sharon township yesterday morning. Clifton McGinn, a youth of 17 years, was shot and killed by Howard Winchester, a youth of the same age. At 8 o'clock the boys started out rabbit shooting. They had gotten about a quarter of a mile from home when they spied the first rabbit. McGinn was a little ahead of Winchester. The latter said, "Dodge, Cliff, and I'll shoot." McGinn dodged, but not far enough, or the gun went off in Winchester's hands before he had raised it sufficiently for the whole load took effect in young McGinn's head, shooting almost the top of his head off. Winchester, terrified beyond expression, ran to a neighboring house for help, but was so terror-stricken he could hardly tell what had happened. When assistanc was gotten the wounded boy was carried home and physicians summoned but medical skill was of no avail. He lingered for two hours and died without speaking from the time he was shot.

The unfortunate young man was a son of Mrs. Adelaide McGinn, and a nephew of Messrs. J. H. and G. H. McGinn, both of whom went to Sharon yesterday as soon as news of the dreadful accident reached the city.

The funeral services will be conducted to-day at Sharon church, by Rev. Dr. Parks.

Young Winchester is almost crazed with grief. His mother, too, is greatly affected by the dreadful occurrence.

Charlotte Observer
November 6, 1892
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