Young woman who was shot in head at Lealman church dies

| February 18, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG — Hannah Kelley always saved a hug for her dad after he finished preaching the Sunday morning message at Grace Connection Church.

He always made sure to kiss the top of her head. Father and daughter went through the ritual last Sunday, just like they always did.

"She said he did a good job, and that she was going to go talk to some friends in the next room," said attorney David Gibbs, a family friend. "He didn't realize that would be the last time."

Minutes later, in what authorities described as a freak accident, she was shot in the head.

The bullet pierced the young woman's brain, knocking her unconscious. She never woke up. She was pronounced dead about 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Hannah Kelley was 20.

"She was just a delightful person," said Gibbs, the family's spokesman. "Everybody loved Hannah and she loved everybody."

Kelley was the daughter of Tim and Peggy Kelley, who founded the church at 4017 56th Ave. N in Lealman.

Authorities said the shooting occurred just after last Sunday's services.

They said Hannah Kelley's fiance, Dustin Bueller, was in a church closet with friend John Penu as Moises Zambrana, 48, showed them his Ruger 9mm. Bueller, who turns 21 this month, had expressed interest in buying a weapon for his birthday, according to sheriff's officials.

Zambrana had removed the gun's magazine, but forgot there was a round still in the chamber. The gun went off and a bullet tore through a wall into the next room, where it hit Kelley in the head.

 

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