A teenage girl from Shropshire has died in a shooting tragedy in America, her family revealed today.
Nisha Jane Webley, aged 19, died in a Texas hospital after suffering a shotgun wound to her head while visiting her family. The teenage student, of Wellington, was today described as a “lovely, bubbly, happy-go-lucky” girl.
The former Hadley Learning Community and Telford College of Art and Technology student was visiting her uncle in the Texan town of Fairfield when she died.
Police in the town, with a population of 3,000 and is 70 miles south of Dallas, said they were still investigating the December 27 tragedy.
Miss Webley was visiting her uncle Mike Daniels, a pastor, when the incident happened 11 days into her stay. Police and paramedics were called to the house just before 5pm following a call to the police at 4.50pm.
Miss Webley was transported to the East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield where she was pronounced dead at 5.20pm.
Miss Webley’s Facebook page listed her as going from being in a relationship to single just over two weeks ago. She updated her profile picture hours before she died.
American police say they believe Miss Webley’s wounds were self-inlicted but the family say they are being left in the dark about what is happening to the body. Mr Glenn Still, Miss Webley’s uncle, said: “The only information we have is what we are being told from the family on her father’s side in America.
“We’ve heard it was a suicide, or an accident, but then we’ve also found out police are still investigating.
“It is going to cost £3,200 to fly her body back home and her mother can’t afford that, and she can’t afford to fly out there either.”
Mr Still said the family were anxious to find out what happened and would like to fly her body back for a post-mortem to take place in the UK, but Miss Webley’s family in America would like to see her cremated over there.