VINE GROVE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Hardin County teenager was shot and killed by his best friend and police are calling it a tragic accident.
Many say they don't appreciate what they have until it's gone. But Sandie Sharp has given thanks for her son Shelby Langely every day of the last 19 years not expecting his life to end violently.
“It was a very, very tragic accident, no other way of putting it”, Sandie said.
The heartbroken mother says her 19-year-old son was as close to his three best friends as anyone could be. And horribly it was one of them, who accidentally took her child's life. Louie Dercqu and Shelby Langely were mounting rifles on the wall, when Louie fired one; not realizing it was aimed at Shelby’s head.
“If he'd have been one step ahead of himself or one step behind it woulda never took place”, Shelby’s stepfather Johnny sharp said.
Shelby died of the gunshot on Saturday; however, his family’s thoughts are not only with him.
“My heart breaks for my son and the loss, and my heart breaks for what Louie is having to live with”, Sandie said.
Shelby's family spent the last two days pouring over pictures, reliving cherished moments with the recent North Hardin High School grad who was starting Spencerian College in a few weeks, with plans to become a plastic surgeon.
Shelby was diagnosed with cancer at age seven. The face that he beat the disease, only to succumb to another unforeseen circumstance is not lost on his family.
Sandie says she doesn't yet know how she'll survive the worst loss she could ever have imagined, but for now she takes comfort in his piercing eyes and charming smile that still melt her heart.
Shelby Langley’s family does not want charges filed against his friend Louie Dercqu. But that's ultimately going to be the decision of prosecutors.
Visitation for Shelby Langely is Wednesday at Coffey and Chism funeral home from 11a.m. to 8 p.m., and his funeral is Wednesday at St. Brigid Catholic Church at 11a.m. Both are in Vine Grove.