Sad story: late last week a 15-year-old Amish girl was shot and killed while returning home by buggy in the Holmes County, Ohio Amish settlement.

Rachel M. Yoder was coming back from a Christmas party for employees of the produce business she worked for. The shooting apparently happened a few miles east of Fredericksburg, near the Holmes/Wayne County border.  Police are treating her death as a homicide.

This seems as bizarre as it is terrible. Why a teenager in a buggy?  Though not unheard of, Amish are rarely touched by murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Holmes (330-674-1936) or Wayne County sheriff’s offices. The shooting happened Thursday night sometime after 10 pm.

It’s been a few days, but as of yesterday, not much had been determined.  No bullet holes were found in the buggy, nor any bullet casing at the scene.

It has also been speculated that the shooting was an accident, perhaps involving a hunter.  Lacking any evidence of mishap, authorities are investigating this as a murder case.

Here’s a short video giving more details on the incident:

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