Woodward County Obituaries

Marla Jenelle Kemp
20 Jan 1973 - 12 Jan 1980
Woodward News 14 Jan 1980

Marla Janelle Kemp

The seven-year old victim of a shooting mishap died Saturday.

Marla Janelle Kemp, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Donald Kemp, 515 Seventh Street, was playing with other children at her home when she was accidentally shot with a .30-.30 hunting rifle.

She died about two and one half hours later at Woodward Memorial Hospital.

The shooting was reported by a neighbor, police said. The girl was found lying on the floor of her parents' bedroom where the accident happened.

"We don't know who was there, " Public Safety Director Don Sunderland said. Apparently there were other children in the house playing with toy guns before the hunting rifle was fired, he added.

"They were playing and the gun accidentally discharged."

The girl's parents were not home at the time of the accident.

The victim's father told police he had unloaded the gun, a .3-.30 Winchester rifle, after deer season was over.

Funeral services for Maria Kemp, a student at Horace Mann Elementary School are set at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the First Assembly of God Church.

The Rev. William R. Eccles, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of good Samaritan Funeral Service.

Marla Kemp was born January 20, 1972 in Mooreland.

She is survived by her parents, Donald and Marilyn Kemp, a sister Kimberly Kay Kemp, and two brothers, Jesse Lee Kemp and Michael Landon Kemp.

She is also survived by her grandmother Mrs. Tessa George, Higgins, Tex.

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