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Brother reacts to Dawson Spring teen’s shooting death: ‘I’ll see him in heaven’

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 12:19 PM CDT
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DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WFIE) - Dawson Springs Police and Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting.

Officials say they were called just before 1 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 100 block of Hosick Avenue.

They say the call came in as an assault.

Kentucky State Police say 16-year-old Dakota Carter was shot and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital. He later died.

The victim’s brother, Daniel Carter, tells us he was at home last night with his parents when they heard a knock on the door. He says the victim opened the door and was shot in the face.

“Every day he would call me. I talked to him every night before I went to bed,” shared Daniel. “I’d say ‘I love you, what are you doing?’ He’s close, not as close as I wanted to be, but on his days off, he was always saying he was gonna come hang out with me. We always hung out.”

Carter says his little brother was loved and known well by the community.

Dakota Carter
Dakota Carter(GoFundMe)

“I have multiple text messages on my phone right now that everybody’s calling and texting, ‘hey I work with Dakota. He’s just a ball of sunshine when he comes to work, he’s always happy and he’s always getting the job done,’” said Carter. “I got friends and family texting me ‘how’s Dakota? What’s going on? I just heard what happened.’”

If anyone has any information, call the Kentucky State Police Post 2 at 270-676-3313 or you can remain anonymous by calling 1-800-222-5555 or using the KSP app on your smartphone or tablet.

A fund is set up for funeral expenses.

Here is more of our interview with Dakota’s brother, Daniel.

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