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She is being remembered as the young artist with an infectious smile and heart for helping others.

More than 100 people gathered at Morse Reservoir to remember Aubrey Peters Monday night. The 16-year-old Noblesville High School teen was shot and killed at a house Sunday night.

Shortly after a prayer, dozens of balloons were released into the air.

“It’s absolutely insane to think that someone that’s meant to change the world and make the world a better place isn’t here anymore,” said Joe Hodson, Peters’ boyfriend. “I can’t even fathom a day waking up and not having a text in the morning from her.”

Police arrested 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel early Monday morning. He’s charged with reckless homicide (Class C felony) and pointing a firearm (Class D felony).

According to court documents, McDaniel and a group of friends were hanging out at his house Sunday night. He eventually went upstairs to retrieve a handgun and brought it downstairs. He tried to get Peters to hold it, but she didn’t want to. McDaniel then dropped the magazine from the gun, pointed it at Peters, took the safety off and pulled the trigger, one witness said. A shot rang out and hit Peters in the chest.

“What just happened?” the witness recalled Peters saying after she’d been shot.

The witness told police that McDaniel said, “The story is the gun fell off the table and went off.” That witness then tried to provide aid to Peters until help arrived.

When interviewed by police, McDaniel said he “began showing off and while he had the gun pointed at her, he pulled the trigger, thinking the gun would be empty.”

“I don’t know what to say. We tried everything,” one of the young men at the house said in a tweet on Monday. “I will be scared for awhile.”
Some of Aubrey’s friends say they’re still angry, but know that’s not what the 16-year-old would have wanted.
“She was one of the happiest people,” said Grace Branham, Peters’ best friend. “It doesn’t feel like she’s gone. It feels like she’s going to be back.”
McDaniel is being held on a $15,000 bond at the Hamilton County Jail.