Community and Family Speaks Out About Noelle Shawver

Reported by: Deanne Coffin
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Updated: 7/31/2014 6:38 pm
"She was perfect in every way you know. She is just a beautiful little girl to be around all the time and we are going to miss her smiling face," says Noelle's aunt, Kaeley Shawver.

That is how Kaeley Shawver, Noelle's aunt describes her precious little niece as she and her family tried to come to grips with this tragic accident.

"We are going to be okay. We are just taking it one moment at a time," says Noelle's aunt.

The child's aunt told me Noelle had just graduated from pre-school and she was excited about starting kindergarten in Blackfoot in the fall.  Kaeley Shawver said Noelle has a younger sister and brother and as for the five year old boy accused of accidentally shooting her as she visited the house, Shawver says her family has no animosity toward that child or his family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them too, because  we can't even imagine what they are going through as well.  Its pure accident, so there is no point of holding any hard feelings toward them, especially when they are good friends," says Noelle's aunt.

The shooting has hit home for Ronald Roberts, who lives next door to the Canal Street home where it happened.  He lost a brother many years ago in a hunting accident, so he knows how painful that can be.

"These people just lost their child.  I understand that because that's part of her.  It is terrible to lose your child. That's just one thing you don't get over, it just don't happen," says Ronald Roberts.

Ronald Roberts also said he thinks the family of the child involved in the shooting is, quoate..."Going through Hell", just like Noelle's family and Roberts says he hasn't gone over to talk to the family yet because they need their time and space to deal with what happened.

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