DRAIN, Ore. — A 16-year-old boy from Drain is dead after an accidental shooting at a friend’s house.
Drain is home to just over a thousand people. It’s a place where everyone know everyone, and on Friday they’re all grieving.
“It hit me pretty hard in the gut. My granddaughter was close to the young man who died, and I had to go tell her this morning,” said Bonnie Morgan, Lundeen family friend.
At 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fatal shooting on Hayhurst Road outside of Drain. They found 16-year-old Austin Lundeen dead.
“These two boys were best friends. They were together all the time. And they were just friends and an accident happened. You couldn’t find closer friends than them,” Morgan said.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says Lundeen was spending the night at his 15-year-old friend’s house. The boys were in the bedroom and decided to handle a hunting rifle when it unexpectedly fired and hit Lundeen.
“He was a jokester. He was very athletic,” Morgan said.
“He was ready to, I think, shine. He was poised to. I said tonight was going to be his night,” said J.J. Mast, North Douglas High School Head Football Coach.
Mast says Austin was a good kid and was going to be a big contributor to the team this year.
“He was kind of a do-it-all. He played line backer, running back. He was our kicker. He was our punter. Just a tremendously gifted athlete,” Mast said.
Right now, the only thing on the football field is a painted rock in Lundeen’s memory.
The team put its game against Culver on hold. No word yet on when the football game will be rescheduled, through for Drain that’s about the last thing they’re worried about right now.
Friends and family are planning to hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Friday at North Douglas High School to remember Lundeen.