Parents say 11-year-old daughter’s death was accident; now focused on getting ‘legal support’ for their son

Carolanah Schenk
Courtesy of the Schenk family

FITCHBURG, Wis. — In a new statement, the family of an 11-year-old girl who was shot and killed earlier this week said the deadly incident was an accident.

Carolanah Schenk died after suffering a gunshot wound during a Tuesday night shooting in the 5100 block of Curry Court. Fitchburg police said a 15-year-old was taken into custody and booked on a tentative charge of first-degree reckless homicide.

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According to the family’s statement, their son is the teen who was arrested in connection with the shooting.

“Our attention is now being focused on coordinating our daughter’s funeral while at the same time praying that our son is represented and supported,” the statement reads. “This has been an horrific few days for our family and our goal is to get our son the legal support he needs as this accident has taken an emotional toll on all of us.”

The statement did not provide any other information about the circumstances around the deadly incident.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up by Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County to help cover the family’s funeral expenses and counseling services.

Read the family’s full statement below:

“We want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your calls and support over the last 48 hours. Our attention is now being focused on coordinating our daughter’s funeral while at the same time praying that our son is represented and supported. This has been an horrific few days for our family and our goal is to get our son the legal support he needs as this accident has taken an emotional toll on all of us. If you can respect our privacy over the next few days, we need time to grieve and digest all that has occurred. God bless and thank you all for understanding.”