A Pekin third-grader has died of injuries on her ninth birthday after she was accidentally shot in the throat last Friday.
Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Haylee Garrison died at OSF St. Francis just after 10:30 a.m. following organ donation. She was taken off life support. The Pekin Police Department said Garrison suffered the wound while playing with her 9-year-old cousin at her home in Pekin.
She was taken to OSF in critical condition and never regained consciousness. An autopsy is planned for tomorrow.