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Teen hiding in closet shot, killed in Longmont

4:22 PM, Sep 8, 2013   |    comments
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LONGMONT - For the first time since an 18-year-old girl was shot and killed in her home by a family friend, her younger brother is speaking about what happened.

Panil Lal was there when his sister, Premila, was shot. He says he and close family friend, Nerrek Galley, were playing video games in the basement. They heard a noise and decided they would check it out because they thought it was a burglar.

"We thought maybe there was an intruder in the house and maybe some people knew we moved, and they were coming to check if we got everything so we started clearing the house," Panil said.

When the two men got upstairs, Galley went into a room and seconds later, family members say Premila jumped out to scare him. Galley shot her.

"I heard the bang when I was right here. Upstairs, I went to one room and then I heard a bang, and then I ran over to there and saw that he had pulled the trigger on my sister," Panil said.

They rushed her to the hospital, but Premila died a short time later. Galley, 21, was arrested on charges of giving a minor a gun.

Family members say Galley trained Panil how to use a gun, and they gave him permission to use it. It was understood that Galley would protect the house while the family was moving out.

Longmont Police have arrested Galley. They are holding him on charges related to giving a minor a gun. He is expected to be advised of the charges he's being held on sometime on Monday.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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