A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder after attempting to commit suicide, but instead accidentally shooting, and killing, his 22-year-old girlfriend.
Brittany-Mae Haag was reportedly trying to stop her partner from killing himself at their apartment in Anchorage, Alaska.
A struggle for the gun ensued when Victor Sibson shot himself. The bullet went through his head and fatally hit Brittany in the chest.
Her sister, Chelsea Hartman, says the couple were high school sweethearts. "They always seemed happy. Always hugging, always kissing, always for each other," she told KTVA. "There was no greater love than what they had."
Police believe Victor, who has been charged with second-degree murder didn't mean to harm his girlfriend of six years. "What we have is a struggle-for-the-gun suicide attempt that resulted in Mr. Sibson putting a bullet through his own skull … followed by the extreme-indifference killing of a domestic partner," Anchorage Assistant District Attorney James Fayette said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
"I think a lot of it is still hard to grasp of how is it just one bullet, you know? And how does it go through one person and then the other person and kill the second person? It’s just not fair," Chelsea said of her sister's untimely death.
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This article first published on Marie Claire.