Father and Daughter Shot and Killed on Hunting Trip After Being 'Mistaken for Deer'

A father and daughter were killed during a New Year's Day hunting trip in Colleton County, South Carolina, after being mistaken for deer, state investigators say.

Kim Drawdy, 30, and his daughter Lauren Drawdy, 9, "succumbed to their injuries" following the incident, which occurred as four hunters were attempting to move deer near Barracada Road in Walterboro, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed.

The department said the incident took place at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The identities of the victims were released by the county coroner's office, WCSC reported.

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The case remains under investigation. The Colleton County coroner, Richard Harvey, told The Post and Courier newspaper the pair passed away at the scene after being shot. According to WHNT, the incident occurred in a wooded area close to the father's home that was frequently used for hunting.

A fundraising campaign to help with funeral costs was set up on Facebook this week and raised roughly $3,000 in a day. The post also confirmed the names of the two victims.

"Kim Drawdy and his daughter Lauren where both tragically killed in a hunting accident on New Year's Day. We are trying to raise money to help with funeral costs for both of these precious souls," the social media post read. At the time of writing, 91 people had sent donations.

South Carolina's deer hunting season ended on January 1, 2020.

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David Lucas, a spokesperson for the DNR, told local media that no official determinations will be made until the probe concludes. Autopsies are currently scheduled to be conducted this Sunday.

DNR spokesperson David Lucas told The Post and Courier there were 16 hunting accidents in the state last year. Two were fatal and 11 involved guns. "It's not a thing that happens a lot. Hunting accidents are rare in general, and fatalities even more so," he said.

The father's brother, Benny Drawdy, told WCSC the death had left him "devastated" and said it had been a "rough night" for the family, which is waiting for the investigation to conclude.

"I couldn't believe it when I first got the news. I said, 'It couldn't be.' It broke my heart and I couldn't believe it, a twin brother and now there's only one left," Drawdy stated. "Of all days, ringing in the new year, something like this happens. I got a call that said there was a hunting accident in Walterboro. They thought it was my brother and we [came] to find out it was."

The Colleton County Coroner's Office and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have been contacted for comment.

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File photo: White tailed deer buck. A father and daughter were killed during a New Year’s Day hunting trip in Colleton County, South Carolina, after being mistaken for deer, state investigators say. iStock
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