Maryville teen dies after shooting incident
By Wes Wade | (email@example.com)
A Maryville teenager who recently graduated from Heritage High School was killed in an apparent accidental shooting Tuesday night.
Skyler Daniel Boring, 17, of Silverbell Drive, was pronounced dead at University of Tennessee Medical Center following the incident, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. at a residence on East Lamar Alexander Parkway.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident, and very few details surrounding the shooting were available Wednesday.
Boring’s grandmother, Judy Mincey, said the family has heard several conflicting reports and still aren’t sure about what happened. Boring and some friends apparently had firearms out when one of them went off, striking the teen in the upper right chest.
“They supposedly checked them and thought they weren’t loaded, but obviously (one) was because it killed Skyler,” Mincey said.
The firearm involved in Boring’s death was reportedly a shotgun.
The teenager was driven from the residence where the incident occurred to the Huddle House and Exxon parking lot on East Lamar Alexander Parkway to meet with emergency personnel. Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and Maryville firefighters responded to provide CPR and emergency care and transported Boring to Blount Memorial Hospital to a waiting Lifestar helicopter. He was then flown to UT Medical Center.
Mincey said emergency personnel initially planned to transport Boring via ground to UT, but her grandson’s heart stopped and he was driven to Blount Memorial, where he was stabilized and flown to Knoxville.
“The trauma team worked on him at UT, but they just couldn’t save him,” Mincey said, adding that doctors told them a major artery above Boring’s heart was severed, leading to massive internal damage and bleeding that could not be stopped.
Boring was a co-captain this past season on the Heritage High School (HHS) wrestling team and helped lead the team to two back-to-back state competitions during his junior and senior years. Jerry Teaster, HHS wrestling coach, said Boring was a unique person and wrestler. He said everyone called him “Rooster” because of both his mohawk-style haircut and the way he wrestled.
“He was just a fearless, fearless wrestler,” Teaster said. “He’d do things other kids wouldn’t do. “He led his (teammates) and I can’t say enough about him.”
Teaster said Boring’s teammates have decided to wear bandanas during a tournament this morning in Pigeon Forge with Boring’s name written on them to honor the teen. Several teams, including Pigeon Forge and a high school out of Cleveland which will be attending the event, phoned Teaster to say they also wanted to be involved.
“They’re going to be there tomorrow, they’re going to wear the bandanas,” Teaster said. “Everyone who knew him just wants to do something to honor him.”
Both Mincey and Teaster said several colleges, including Middle Tennessee State University and several outside the state, had approached Boring about a wrestling scholarship. But Mincey said her grandson had decided he wanted to enroll in Pellissippi State’s culinary program in the fall so he could stay near his family. Mincey said she wanted to thank all the friends, family and even strangers who have showered them with support following the incident. She said about 50 people, including several of Boring’s wrestling teammates and their families, came to the hospital Tuesday night following the tragedy.
“As a family we’re just really appreciative of that,” Mincey said. “He was a wonderful young man and it’s just a huge loss.”