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Sheriff: 17-year-old boy accidentally fatally shot cousin

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WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was accidentally fatally shot by his 17-year-old cousin at a house attached to a church in Wilmington.

The Will County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the teens were in a bedroom in a residence connected to the Christian Faith Center late Tuesday when they thought they heard someone trying to break into the church. The sheriff's office says the older boy had a rifle retrieved from a closet when he tripped and fell.

Officials say the rifle accidentally discharged, striking the younger boy who died at a Kankakee hospital early Wednesday. Sheriff's officials say detectives questioned the 17-year-old boy, who wasn't charged. Authorities say the pastor legally owned the rifle.

Sheriff Mike Kelley called it a "tragic accident."

Wilmington is southwest of Chicago. The boys' identities weren't released.

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