Authorities are investigating the death of a Forsyth County teenager who reportedly died during a hunting accident in middle Georgia.
John Crosby, coroner of Talbot County, which is northeast of Columbus, said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the matter.
GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the agency is awaiting results from an autopsy to determine the cause of death for Bradley David Graham, 16.
Ranger First Class Mitch Oliver with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division was called to the scene late Friday afternoon.
Oliver said Graham had been hunting with his father on a private tract of land the family leased in Talbot.
Graham’s father reported hearing a shot from a deer stand about 600 yards away about 5 p.m. Friday. Oliver said it was Graham’s high-powered rifle that had gone off.
“[His father] had sent him a text asking him was that him that shot,” Oliver said. “They were supposed to meet back at the truck at dark.”
Oliver said he found Graham in a “wooden ladder stand with a gunshot wound to the head and the rifle was lying on the ground approximately 6 feet or so from the base of the stand.”
News of Graham's death shook students and staff at West Forsyth High School, which resumed classes Monday after a weeklong break for Thanksgiving.
West Principal Richard Gill said the campus joined the “family in mourning the loss of such a bright, shining individual that was taken too soon.”
“The Pride of West band, of which Bradley was a member, is a close-knit family that is mourning the loss of such as talented and dedicated musician,” Gill said.
According to his obituary, Graham was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 207. Prior to West, he attended Liberty Middle School after the family moved from Iowa.
Funeral services are schedule for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Cumming.