The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has provided additional information regarding the unfortunate shooting death of 6-year-old Avery Davis. The incident occurred during a hunting accident in Orangeburg County, where Avery was accidentally shot by a 17-year-old on Friday. Despite efforts, Avery succumbed to his injuries the following morning, with the Orangeburg County Coroner confirming that he was struck in the head by a stray bullet.
Although Avery’s death has been deemed accidental, the Department of Natural Resources has not commented on the possibility of criminal charges. Meanwhile, the community is rallying to preserve Avery’s memory.
Avery’s family, including his mother, father, and sister, accompanied his body to the operating room at Prisma Health on Monday night for the purpose of organ donation. A family friend revealed that Avery’s generous act will save the lives of five patients.
Who was Avery Davis?
Avery’s first-grade teacher, Francie Daniel, expressed her love for him and the impact he had on those around him. Describing him as a bright, bubbly, and fun-loving boy who enjoyed sports and the outdoors, Daniel emphasized Avery’s happiness when surrounded by nature.
Despite being known as a young outdoorsman, Avery’s reading teacher, Billie Walling, highlighted his talent for writing, especially on topics such as ducks, bats, trains, and hunting.
The news of Avery’s tragic death deeply affected the community and his classmates. Daniel acknowledged the difficulty his peers faced in processing the information but mentioned the support provided at school, including grief counselors and a strong sense of unity among students.
Avery’s teachers emphasized that he will be remembered for the way he lived and the lasting legacy he leaves behind. To honor him, faculty, staff, and students at Calhoun Academy wore camouflage attire on Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements for Avery are expected to be finalized on Wednesday, marking a somber occasion for the community as they come together to mourn the loss of a young life.