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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Hunt victim 'shot by stepfather'
Byron Evans
Byron's mother said he was known for his bright and outgoing nature
The 13-year-old schoolboy killed in a hunting accident in Devon died from a shot fired by his stepfather, Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed.

Officers say Byron Evans, from east Devon, was struck by a single rifle shot during a "lamping" expedition on Saturday night.

Byron's stepfather, who has not been named, will be questioned together with other members of the hunting party.

Police say it is too early to say whether any charges will be brought.

The mother of 13-year-old Byron Evans, says her son was "never happier" than when he was enjoying outdoor activities.

The teenager was among a party of three adults and three teenagers which was hunting on land around Lower Cholwell Farm, near Harberton. Debra Rowe, says her son was known as someone who lived life to the full.

Family friend

She said: "During his life Byron was known for his bright and outgoing nature.

"He will be missed not only by his immediate family but also by countless friends and mates.

"Close relatives have come together since this tragic and devastating accident, and it is obviously still all too fresh in our minds."

The Cleave family, owners of Lower Cholwell Farm, has released a statement which says Byron was a close family friend.

It said: "We would like to pass our heartfelt condolences and sorrow to Byron's family and to thank all of those who have been such a great support to us."

Guns seized

The party was hunting using the "lamping" method, where lights illuminate prey, when he was shot.

Members of the shooting party tried to revive the teenager at the scene before the arrival of paramedics.

The Devon and Cornwall Police force helicopter flew the youngster to hospital in Exeter where he later died.

Lower Cholwell Farm, Harberton
The shooting happened at Lower Cholwell Farm
A police spokesman said: "It appeared the teenager was a member of a small party who were out with the intention of hunting foxes."

David Kenyon from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation said: "Lamping happens all over the country every night and there are probably hundreds of people involved. This shows that it is a rare incident."

Residents in Harberton have spoken of their "shock" at the death.

Byron was described by the headteacher at St Peter's School in Lympstone as a "popular and vivacious pupil who loved rugby and was passionate about drama" and that "the school was trying to come to terms with the awful news".

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