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Teenager shot with airgun dies

Rachel Davies
The 18-year-old died two weeks after being shot in the eye

A teenage girl has died in hospital two weeks after she was shot in the eye with an air gun in Greater Manchester.

Rachel Davies, 18, was shot in Oram Street, Bury, just before midday on 7 December.

She died on Tuesday evening after her condition deteriorated, said Greater Manchester Police.

A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been released on bail pending further inquiries until February.

Her parents Ricky and Angela described their daughter as a "beautiful and caring fun-loving teenager" who had been tragically taken away from them.

In a tribute Mr and Mrs Davies added: "Losing such a vibrant, beautiful and spirited daughter in this way is a tragedy without compare for us.

"Her beautiful smile and sense of fun will be greatly missed by us all.

"She had been considering whether to pursue a career in hairdressing or teaching and we were prepared to help and support her in whatever way she chose.

"We are full of a profound grief knowing that the whole world of opportunity that was laid out before our young lady is now beyond her."

The teenager leaves a sister aged 14 and a 10-year-old brother.

Her funeral is expected to be held in January and her ashes placed with her late grandmother in Darlington, County Durham, where she was born.



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