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HOUSTON, TX. (THECOUNT) — Justin Carter, an up-and-coming country music singer, touted as the next “Garth Brooks,” was killed after accidentally shooting himself while filming a music video in Houston, Texas, according to NBC4i.
Carter, 35, was fatally struck by a bullet in the eye after a gun in his pocket being used as a video prop, accidentally fired, say reports.
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According to Carter’s mother, he was carrying the gun in his pocket when it went off and “caught my son in the corner of his eye.”
“He was a wonderful artist,” Carter’s mother, Cindy McClellan, told Fox News. “He was the voice, he was the total package and we’re trying to keep his legend [alive].”
He was father to two young children.
“He loved our God very much,” McClellan said. “He had a Bible in his room, in the den, he had one in his truck. He gave to charities.”
Carter had just signed a deal with Triple Threat Management, which confirmed his death Thursday.
“Justin had a potential to, you know, in our eyes, and a lot of people’s eyes to be the next Garth Brooks,” Mark Atherton, who signed Carter, told NBC4i.
His family is asking for donations to pay for funeral costs.
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