|A young man who suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the
head at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, was pronounced dead
at 3:10 a.m. today. A memorial page has been established for
Cade Snegirev, 15, Butte, by his sister on
Facebook and services will be held February 8.
Butte emergency medical crews worked valiantly in an attempt to
save Cade, and were able to keep him alive despite the severity
of the wound, and transport him by ambulance to a landing zone a
quarter of a mile away, the closest area to the home for LifeMed
to land safely.
He was flown to an area hospital where the fight to save him
continued. He remained alive long enough, friends say, for his
family to gather.
"He had received a gun wound to his head via accident," his
sister, Cullen, wrote. "Unlike what many people have been
saying, the official report is not suicide, so if you hear or
see anyone say that, I'd like to ask you to correct them. Cade
was a good brother, friend, and above all else he was a happy
boy who would not hurt people by committing suicide."
The community of Butte has rallied not only around Cade's
grieving family in the wake of the tragedy, but around the
emergency responders who gave their all and who are also aching
over his loss. Fellow students of Cade's at Palmer High School
have also shared condolences and grief.
"I want to thank all his friends and classmates because I know
that they made so many good memories with him and I know he was
happy because of it," Cullen wrote.
"I know he is gone and I accept that and am doing everything I
can to help my family through this. I do not want sympathy from
people because in all honesty, my family needs it more than I
do. I am honestly doing well coping with this emotionally, but
my family is still struggling to accept and understand the
situation. Please, offer them your support instead of me if you
can, because they need it more than anything. I love my brother
and know that he is happy wherever he may be and I thank you all
for caring about him in some way."
Funeral service for Cade will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday,
February 8, at the LDS Church, W560 Arctic Avenue, Palmer.
"Thank you all for your sympathy and condolences. My family and
I really do appreciate them."
Those who'd like to add condolences or share memories of Cade
are invited to visit the "In Loving Memory of Cade Snegirev"