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Jerel Worthy’s grandmother accidentally shot and killed by grandfather

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The family of Packers defensive end Jerel Worthy has experienced a tragedy, as his grandmother was accidentally shot and killed by his grandfather.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Mae Worthy was accidentally shot by her husband on Wednesday night and died this morning.

Police in Huber Heights, Ohio, say that Mae Worthy’s husband of 50 years, James, was handling a gun in a bedroom and accidentally fired, killing his wife in the next room.

“It went through the bedroom wall, down into the opposite end of the house and it just happened to strike her while she was sitting on the couch,” Huber Heights police Lt. Matt Dulaney said. “The evidence is in line with his story as to what he’s telling us. . . . it does appear that it is an accidental shooting.”

Prosecutors have not decided whether James Worthy will face charges for negligence with firearms. Jerel Worthy has been excused from the Packers’ Organized Team Activities while he attends to his family.

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37 Responses to “Jerel Worthy’s grandmother accidentally shot and killed by grandfather”
  1. godfatherd says: May 30, 2014 2:34 PM

    How sad. There is nothing they can do to this guy that will match what he does to himself for killing the woman he has been with for 50 years.

  2. mrozma says: May 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    Now this story deserves a”wow”

  3. 4thquartermagic says: May 30, 2014 2:39 PM

    Whoa

  4. jayovalentine says: May 30, 2014 2:40 PM

    Damn that’s sad to hear….

  5. jjb0811 says: May 30, 2014 2:40 PM

    Sad to hear.

  6. sjoyner59 says: May 30, 2014 2:40 PM

    that’s just horrible….I feel bad for everyone involved

  7. captainwisdom8888 says: May 30, 2014 2:41 PM

    What a nightmare for this family…I hope this man can find some peace after this somehow, but I don’t think I could ever forgive myself had I done something similar. Bad things happen when guns are around, and whatever he happened to be doing with the gun in the bedroom was likely very unimportant at the time, but with humongous consequences.

  8. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: May 30, 2014 2:44 PM

    Couldn’t imagine what that poor guy is going through. Tragic.

  9. 209erfan says: May 30, 2014 2:47 PM

    Wow what a tragedy…my thoughts and prayers go out to the worthy family…its just terrible the love they must of had for each other to be together for 50 years must have been incredible so for him to accidently kill his wife is just awful… i cant even begin to comprehend the amount of pain he is going through right now… so sad

  10. 12444uggg says: May 30, 2014 2:52 PM

    Holy smokes. That’s awful.

  11. saudishot says: May 30, 2014 3:00 PM

    What purpose could possibly be served by charging this guy with anything?

  12. nicofthenorthstar says: May 30, 2014 3:03 PM

    I know people will bash me for being insensitive here, but…
    When people who don’t know what they’re doing mess around with guns. In the bedroom, no less.
    Very sad, but also just unbelievable and totally preventable.
    One life ended, another ruined.

  13. schmitty2 says: May 30, 2014 3:04 PM

    It would be pretty messed up for them to charge him with a crime. What he lost is punishment enough.

  14. flannlv says: May 30, 2014 3:08 PM

    Sit right there, I will be right back.

  15. touchdownroddywhite says: May 30, 2014 3:08 PM

    They better leave that man alone. The torture of what happened is punishment enough in my opinion.

  16. profish13 says: May 30, 2014 3:10 PM

    If they charge him, THAT would be the true crime. They should have him on suicide watch and have therapists there for him, not deciding whether to punish him. The police already stated what he said lines up with the evidence. You don’t think he’s punished enough for accidentally killing someone he shared at least 50 years of his life with?

  17. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    Something was rustling around in the living room.

  18. chawkup says: May 30, 2014 3:18 PM

    That’s horrible. I feel terrible for the guy.

  19. jjones1446 says: May 30, 2014 3:25 PM

    I can’t begin to imagine the emotional pain the grandfather is feeling right now. OMG! I feel so bad for him and his family.

  20. glenuendo says: May 30, 2014 3:27 PM

    That is just awful. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

  21. packfanaj12 says: May 30, 2014 3:41 PM

    Very sad, guns are dangerous, everyone who owns one be safe!

  22. realnflmaster says: May 30, 2014 3:42 PM

    If guns were banned, she would still be alive. Unbelievable.

  23. tved12 says: May 30, 2014 4:27 PM

    50 years of marriage, this has to be one of the worst things that can happen to you. As a Viking’s fan, my prayers go out to him and his family.

  24. hansenbrothers says: May 30, 2014 4:29 PM

    That’s so sad

  25. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    It had to be accidental, no guy in his 70s or 80s could make a called shot like that.

  26. omniscientmoi says: May 30, 2014 5:39 PM

    Of course, if handguns had been outlawed, then he wouldn’t have owned one and…

  27. itsunclepauley says: May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    This is truly a tragedy for all involved.

    I also want to address the point raised about how banning guns would have prevented this tragedy. That’s a true statement. However, I’d like to point out that we could save countless more lives by banning motor vehicles, cigarettes, alcohol, and fatty foods.

  28. noffy32 says: May 30, 2014 6:41 PM

    Sad story. Shame idiots on here talking about blaming guns in this story. Get off the pulpit and pray for them.

  29. surfinbird1 says: May 30, 2014 6:47 PM

    NRA:

  30. stellarperformance says: May 30, 2014 7:35 PM

    Freak event. Huge reality check. Life is real…..don’t screw with it.

  31. mediasloppy says: May 30, 2014 8:52 PM

    This is where gun laws get weird. I feel bad and don’t think he should get in any trouble over it. However, if a gun owner neglects his gun by not using trigger locks or other means and their child kills themselves or a friend while playing with it, does the parent get blamed and charged for neglect even though they just lost the most precious thing in their life…

  32. pacopicopiedra says: May 30, 2014 9:06 PM

    Of course he should be charged and prosecuted. If he’d been driving drunk and crashed into a tree and killed her, would you say he shouldn’t be charged with DUI, or lose his license? Maybe don’t put him in jail, but he has earned a criminal record and he should never be allowed to own or handle guns again.

  33. bornahawker says: May 30, 2014 11:32 PM

    Can jerel shoot a ball like James?

  34. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2014 1:50 AM

    James better hope he doesn’t meet Mae in the afterlife. Can you imagine the earful he is going to get?

  35. zdravit says: May 31, 2014 5:49 PM

    If you’re old, everyone believes your stories.

  36. aa1829 says: Jun 1, 2014 1:05 AM

    RIP Mae. You are now a member of the spirit world. For the rest of her family, I have no words that can sooth their pain.

  37. electricboogalo says: Jun 2, 2014 12:01 PM

    Terrible tragedy. He probably had the gun to “protect” his family.

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