Buckeye police investigate accidental shooting of teen girl

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(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Buckeye police are investigating the death of 17-year-old Dannielle Rangel after her family says a rifle fell over and accidentally discharged a bullet, striking Rangel in the head. 

On Monday around 10:30 p.m., Rangel's family says her brother was moving his rifle, a 22 caliber AR-15. He allegedly set the rifle down and it fell over and went off. 

Rangel was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died the next day. Her uncle, Arthur Velasquez, says the family is devastated to lose a girl who was so full of life.

"She was very outspoken; she was always cheerful. She was always polite," Velasquez said. 

The family also says she had a bright future ahead, looking forward to college and a career in law.

"She was getting prepared to take college courses to go into college and she wanted to be a district attorney," Velasquez said.

The family is facing a new crisis: how to pay for her funeral. They have set up a gofundme site to help. 

Police are investigating, but no charges have been brought against her brother.

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