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Family mourns 9-year-old boy killed in hunting accident on Thanksgiving

Posted at 1:01 PM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 13:01:04-05

A family in South Carolina is devastated after losing their 9-year-old son on Thanksgiving Day.

They say Colton Williams was accidentally shot and killed by his dad while they were hunting. Colton Williams smiled big when he caught this fish two weeks ago with his dad and grandparents.

The 9-year-old loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

Word spread overnight through the town of Williston: A child lost his life in a hunting accident on Thanksgiving Day.

Colton's family tells us he was rabbit-hunting with his dad and a friend when something terrible happened. They say his father accidentally shot and killed him.

Colton's grandfather Vince Furtick could barely talk over the phone, let alone on camera, but messaged saying:

"This is hard. We are thankful to god for the 9 years we had with him, though. He was the brightest light in our lives."

Colton was a bright student too.

He was on the honor roll at Kelly Edwards Elementary School.

The district posted about him, saying councilors will be on hand Monday morning.

Colton's grandfather also said his grandson, "Took piano lessons, won the marksmanship award at Camp Woodie, loved every sport and was a huge Clemson Tiger fan."

He also played center for the Williston Blue Devils Junior Rec League and was selected to play on the all star team.

There are no words that will fill the empty hole in this family's heart.

Colton's grandfather says Colton's organs have been donated.