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Teen hero, 16, fatally shot in Hamilton County home

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

Aubrey Peters, 16, was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis late Sunday after being shot in the chest in a Noblesville home, 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 in the house and arrested Jacob Travis McDaniel, 20, on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm. He was in the Hamilton County Jail on Monday.

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

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 7-year-old and 4-year-old sisters screaming, alerted her grandparents and called 911. One girl reached shore safely. 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.”



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