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14 yr old Nick King was accidentally shot & killed by his best friend.  This is the story of that night, and its impact on a community.
14 yr old Nick King was accidentally shot & killed by his best friend. This is the story of that night, and its impact on a community.
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The events of October 30, 2012 forever changed my family. My sister Lori King's cell phone rang while she was at her evening job, a job she had taken to help her son and daughter lead a better life. Predictably, the call was from her 14 year old son Nicholas asking if he could hang out and watch TV at the home of his 15 year old best friend. Lori knew Nick's best friend well and treated him like her own son. He was a good kid, and the boys were inseparable, so without worry, Lori gave Nicholas permission to go to the house. Tragically she had no idea that these would be the last words she would ever speak to her son.

When Nick arrived at the house he was greeted by his best friend who, pretending to be hostile, answered the door with the rifle pointed at 14 year old Nick, intending it as a prank to scare Nick half to death. In that split moment, with the gun aimed squarely at Nick's head, his best friend made a decision he can never undo, he pulled the trigger. The devastation of what came next is unimaginable. Unknown to him, the assault rifle he was pranking Nick with, was loaded. Nick collapsed on the front porch, the bullet piercing his jugular. Calls to 911 and frantic CPR efforts were futile. Nick died on his friend's front steps that night, his last words imploring only "why did you shoot me?"

My name is Jeremy Summers. Nick was my nephew. I've spent my entire life in the music business, something Nick admired and loved. This story haunts me, and I am committed to telling it to the world, to bring change and prevent this from happening again, as Nick would have wanted. So many of my friends who make their living in the entertainment industry as editors, producers, and directors are also moved by this story to donate their time and help me bring this picture to life.There were so many lives affected, so many views shaped, and so many hopes crushed by this one careless event. "Loaded" will go inside the heart of Nick's family, that of his girlfriend, and his many friends and class-mates in Indianapolis. It will also examine the difficult lives the shooter, the shooter's brother, and their family now find themselves living. Through this tragic portrayal, "Loaded" will also present a clear lesson to everyone about the paramount need for gun safety. Had their been an understanding and awareness of basic gun-safety-principles, that a gun is not a toy, Nick would still be alive, two Teenagers would not be in prison, families not torn apart, and an entire high school of impressionable youth would not be enduring the incomprehensible loss of one friend gone forever, the other in prison for making it so.

My budget is barebones, it includes purchasing of a few pieces of additional equipment, limited travel, permits/requests, and some final stage budget for editing/coloring. I'm donating my time and energy tirelessly to this project, because I believe strongly that when teenagers hear this story, and see it told through the eyes of their peer group, it will move them now and as adults. Our society has guns; so, we need gun safety, we owe it to our kids, to ourselves, plain and simple. This tragedy can happen to anyone. The passion of this event has the power to save lives. And ultimately, "Loaded" will pay tribute to Nick, my handsome nephew, a great kid with a life ahead of him no more.

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We won't know how arduous the editing process will be until we have all of the content recorded and in house, the goal is to wrap shooting by Summer, and ready for edit. It's most critical that the story be told well, so there's a chance that edit/colors/sound & titles may take longer. If more time is required, we'll adjust our premiere timing accordingly. We plan to submit "Loaded" to film festivals to help continue to breath new life in to this conversation through 2014.

Our aim is to have a pre-release version available digitally in time for October 30, 2013 - the one year anniversary of this tragedy.

Because this is so personal to me, I am committed to completing this project.

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