Guy Killed After Friend Misses Bulletproof Vest

He asked friends to shoot him, and one did

By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff

Posted May 16, 2014 1:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? An 18-year-old woman faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after she allegedly fatally shot her friend in the chest Wednesday ... because he asked her to. Though 25-year-old victim Blake Wardell wore a Kevlar bulletproof vest during the incident, the bullet from the small-caliber weapon somehow missed the Kevlar and entered his heart, WYFF4 reports. Several people attempted CPR, but Wardell bled to death, reports Fox Carolina. Taylor Ann Kelly has been charged.

The incident occurred at a home in Honea Path, South Carolina, where up to 10 people were hanging out in a garage. When they found the old vest, Wardell put it on and asked the others to shoot him. Another participant was apparently Timothy Fisher, 25, who was arrested yesterday in connection with the incident. He faces the same charge as Kelly, and each could spend five years in prison for the stunt. This all may have happened sober; officials have found no evidence of "heavy" drug or alcohol use.

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