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18-Year-Old Fatally Shot in Freak Accident When Prank Intended to Scare a Friend Goes Horribly Wrong

Yana Bostongirl

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When 18-year-old Premila Lal of Longmont, Colorado decided to play a prank on her friend, little did she know it would have tragic consequences. She had hidden in a closet with the intention of scaring her friend who shot her thinking she was an intruder. Even though she was rushed to the hospital, she did not make it.

Premila, an excellent student and high school track athlete, was a graduate of Niwot High. She was planning on attending college when the tragedy happened in 2013.

According to reports, the man who shot her was 21-year-old Nerrek Galley, of Orem, Utah: "Premila Lal, eighteen, decided to play a prank on her brother and a friend, Nerrek Galley -- but Galley mistook her for an intruder and shot her dead. Photos, video, and the heartrending details below."

A gun enthusiast, Galley and Premila's 15-year-old brother Pranil were playing video games in the basement of the Longmont home where Premila and her family used to live when Galley thought an intruder had broken into the house. They were not expecting it to be Pramila whom they assumed to have left to watch a Niwot High School football game with her cousin.

Premila had hidden in a closet hoping to scare her friend, however, Galley was so startled when she jumped out of the closet that he grabbed a gun and shot her.

Though the tragic shooting appeared to be a prank gone bad, Galley was not charged with Premila's death. Instead, he was charged with reckless endangerment, child abuse, and providing Premila's brother with a handgun.

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