GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — School officials have identified the teen who was killed in a hunting accident in Oceana County over the weekend.
Kentwood Public Schools identified the victim as 13-year-old William (Billy) Gort.
Michigan State Police say that just before 4 p.m. Saturday, troopers were called to the area of East Cleveland Road and 192nd Avenue in Greenwood Township. That’s in Manistee National Forest, southwest of Hesperia.
Police say the 13-year-old was shot in the head while small game hunting with two other people.
Gort was rushed to a Muskegon hospital, where he later died. Police did not specify when he was pronounced dead. They are still investigating.
School officials said Gort attended Pinewood Middle School and previously attended Townline Elementary School. They said grief counselors will be available for students and staff on Wednesday when they return from mid-winter break. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses.
“Our hearts go out to Billy’s family and friends as they struggle with the loss of this wonderful, young man. Over the past few days we have seen an outpouring of care and concern from teachers, support staff and Pinewood parents, as our Kentwood Schools family mourns with the Gort/Stevens family,” a statement from Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff read in part.