Jessica Goode was a 23-year-old student at Ferrum College out collecting frogs for biology class when she was accidentally shot and killed by a deer hunter. Another student, 20-year-old Regis Boudinot, was shot in the hand.
The students were on a trail about a mile west of campus.
The shooter was 31-year-old Jason David Coultier, of Ferrum, VA. Coultier was charged with manslaughter, reckless handling of a firearm and trespassing.
Jessica was apparently an outdoor lover and could often be found doing outside activities. She was a senior at Ferrum and an environmental science major. She is described as bubbly and upbeat.
This death was a real tragedy and should not have happened. The first rule of hunting is to always make sure that you are shooting at an animal and not a person. Also I am surprised that Coultier was hunting so close to a college campus.
I am truly saddened that this amazing-sounding girl was taken away from those who loved her before her life could be fully lived.
My condolences to the family.
Richmond, VA Attorney Wayne O’Bryan
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