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Family of Man Killed by Gun Asks Mourners to Donate to NRA

| by Michael Allen

Makenzie Halinski, 19, was sentenced to seven years in jail on Wednesday after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Halinski accidentally shot and killed her boyfriend Cole Campbell, 20, on June 24, 2013, when Campbell was showing her how to use guns in his basement bedroom in Festus, Mo.

Halinski told police that Campbell gave her a gun that he thought was unloaded and had the safety on, notes the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Campbell told his girlfriend to point the gun at him and said, “Shoot me," according to court papers.

Halinski told police that she did as Campbell asked because she believed the gun was empty.

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However, a bullet struck Campbell in the forehead. Halinski quickly gave Campbell CPR in an effort to save him, and called 911.

“Because of her actions, I’ve lost the most important person in my life,” stated Campbell’s mother Sharon on Wednesday.

“I don’t understand the involuntary part of it,” added Campbell's father Clifford.

The charge was "involuntary" manslaughter because the fatal shooting was ruled accidental.

According to the July 6, 2013, obituary posted by the Vinyard Funeral Home, Clifford and Sharon asked people to make contributions to the National Rifle Association or any pro-gun organization.

According to Fox 2 Now, neighbors near the Campbell's home were not surprised by the shooting because there was a homemade shooting range in the basement.

The Daily Mail posted Facebook pictures of Campbell posing with various kinds of guns and a Confederate battle flag. The pictures also showed Campbell wearing masks and military garb.

Sources: St. Louis Post Dispatch, Vinyard Funeral Home, Fox 2 Now, Daily Mail