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14 News speaks to the father of Cody Bailey

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Cody Bailey. (Source: David Bailey) Cody Bailey. (Source: David Bailey)

A 17-year-old girl has been taken into custody in the shooting death of 20-year-old Cody Bailey, of Owensboro.

Bailey died early Thursday morning after he was shot during a gathering in Spencer County.

"You just never know what can happen and when it can happen," said Cody's father David Bailey. "He's a beautiful son. He was a great person and he didn't deserve this."

Indiana State Police say Cody Bailey of Owensboro was in Spencer County at a gathering when he was shot in the chest.

"Part of me wants to feel like it's just teenagers having fun," David told 14 News. "Just going out hanging out on the river. I don't understand him being shot. It's hard to take. I'm still at a loss of just how it happened. I fell like I don't have enough answers. I don't know if I'll ever have enough answers. I mean he loved everybody."

Joseph E. Galloway, 19, is believed to the one who brought the gun to the party.  Police believe that the 17-year-old took the gun from Galloway and shot Bailey.  Galloway and another person attending the party were the ones who took Bailey to the hospital.

The father remembers his son and what could have been.

"He was artistic. Loved to draw. Drawed about everyday. Music was a big thing. Got all of his paperwork turned in for western and starting this fall."

Police still haven't ruled if Cody was shot accidentally or on purpose. Reports from ISP indicate that Galloway allegedly placed the handgun in a bush in an attempt to hide it from investigators.

Friday, Galloway was formally charged with dangerous control of a firearm. He is being held in Daviess County, KY on a tampering with evidence charge.

"Some justice has not been served," said David. "I know there's accidents. If there's something legally that can be done, I want it done."

While Bailey waits for answers, he's set up a donation fund at any Old National Bank in the area. The money will go to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.

"He's got a hereditary bone disease. He's had over 20 broken bones. Surgeries like crazy."

Indiana State Police are still investigating the shooting and hope anyone who witnessed the shooting will come forward. 

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