A recently-engaged Anderson woman was shot and killed Saturday while hunting with a group of friends near Florence. The Florence County Coroner’s Office said Samantha Moore, 25, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to Independent Mail coverage partner WSPA News Channel 7.
Around 6 p.m., group of about five or six people were hunting on property in Lake City, said Capt. Robert McCullough with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. They were trailing a deer when a member of the group carrying a shotgun tripped and fell, and the gun was discharged, McCullough said.
No charges had been filed Sunday afternoon, McCullough said.
Moore was on a trip with two other couples on Saturday, said her cousin, Carly Fields.
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Moore, a surgical technologist with the Greenville Health System, got engaged on December 13 to the man she had been dating since eighth grade, said her cousin, Misty Moore.
She spent her middle and high school years in Powdersville, and enjoyed playing sports. She took up hunting and fishing as a way to spend time with her fiancé, Misty said.
Samantha was a therapist for Misty’s autistic son for about four years, spending every day during that time with the family, Misty said. She had recently been considering going to nursing school, her cousin said.
Samantha loved her family and her pet dog, a white Chihuahua named Boey.
“She just loved life and took hold of it, and made the best of whatever,” Misty said. DNR and the Florence County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death, but it appears to have been an accident, McCullough said.