Bayside Park mourns beloved teen: “An innocent soul”

The Bayside Park community in Hancock County mourns the loss of a young girl who died in an accidental shooting Tuesday night.

On social media, family members describe Alexis Pierson as an innocent soul and a great friend. She loved Tik Tok and aspired to be a police officer.
But her life was cut short.

At 7:30 p.m. on East Madison Street – as a group of kids played video games, a 9-year-old found a gun beneath a bed, where an older teenager visiting the duplex home had tucked it away. A family source tells our media partner the Sun Herald it was an 18-year-old, and law enforcement tells us the person was around 16.

Pierson entered the room – and told the child to put the gun down, just before it was fired by accident.

“It’s tragic and sad, losing a young life like that,” Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said. ‘You can imagine some of the kids there were in shock. So it’s just tragic for everybody all around.”

Facebook posts from those who knew the teenager hint at a community that will long be tarnished by the tragedy.

“I don’t know why 16-year-olds or 10-year-olds are playing with handguns, or any guns for that matter. It’s sad for the whole community,” Adam said.

The Bayside Park Fire Department Facebook page has information on how to donate to the family to help cover funeral costs.

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