News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 9, 2013

Teen hero, 16, fatally shot in Indiana home

Associated Press

NOBLESVILLE — An Indiana teenager who helped save two children after they fell into an icy reservoir in 2010 was killed Sunday in a shooting in an Indianapolis suburb.

Aubrey Peters, 16, was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis late Sunday after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest inside a home in Noblesville, police said.

Noblesville Police Lt. Bruce Barnes said officers arrived at the home shortly before 11:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a person shot. He said they found Peters unresponsive.

Police questioned three other people who were inside the house and arrested Jacob Travis McDaniel, 20, on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm. He was being held Monday in the Hamilton County Jail.

No one answered a call Monday to the home where the shooting occurred.

Peters’ grandfather, Randy, who has raised her since she was 8 months old, said the family is devastated.

“She had a 3.9 GPA. A great student, a great kid,” he said.

He said he doesn’t know what happened and doesn’t know McDaniel. He said his granddaughter left home Sunday to study.

The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis honored Peters in 2011 for helping to save two young girls who had fallen through the ice on Morse Reservoir the year before.

Peters, then a seventh-grader, told investigators she heard the screams of 7-year-old and 4-year-old sisters and alerted her grandparents and called 911. One girl reached shore safely, but Peters’ grandfather pulled the other out and resuscitated her.

Peters told WISH-TV at the time that seeing the girls struggle in the water was “terrifying.”

“It was like watching someone die, and I hated it,” she said.

Red Cross spokeswoman Ann Gregson recalled honoring Peters Monday and lamented her death.

“She stood out — they always do when they’re younger,” Gregson told WRTV. “Any time there is a senseless death, it just breaks your heart.”