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S.C. Man Dies After Asking Friend to Shoot Him While Wearing Bulletproof Vest

| by Allison Geller

A South Carolina woman accidentally shot and killed her friend when she missed his bulletproof vest and struck him in the heart.

26-year-old Blake Wardell of Anderson County reportedly asked his friend, Taylor Kelly, 18, to shoot him after he found an old vest during a gathering with other friends. Kelly obliged, firing a single round from a small-caliber handgun.

Unfortunately, her aim was just slightly off. The bullet went through the vest lining and into Wardell’s heart.

Authorities found the dead man lying in a garage around 2:45 a.m., according to Fox Carolina. Paramedics arrived and tried to revive him, but it was too late. Blood loss was named the official cause of death.

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Investigators don’t think alcohol or drug use played a part in the incident.

Wardell’s death has been ruled a homicide.

According to his family, Wardell had a history of mental illness. His father wrote a last post to him on his Facebook page, the Daily Mail reports.

“You took the truth with you ill [sic] never know what happenbut when i got there i hope you heard me when i said i lopve [sic] u. i do,” James Wardell wrote.

On her own Facebook page, Kelly is shown in several pictures brandishing guns.

Kelly, a recent graduate of Belton Honea Path High School, faces up to five years in prison. She is being held at Anderson County jail with bond set at $10,000.

Sources: Fox Carolina, Daily Mail