The Florida Times Union has reported that Ashley Cowie, age 20, died recently from an accidental shooting at an off campus fraternity house in Tallahassee, Florida. It was reported that Evan Wilhelm, age 20 from Ponte Vedra, Floprida was showing his friends at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house his rifle when it then accidentally discharged and hit Ashley Cowie and Keith Savino. Ashley Cowie was hit in the chest and died at the scene of this most tragic incident.
While we as American citizens have a right to bear arms or own firearms, we also have a responsibility to act with caution and safety. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Fraternity parties, where there is typically drinking and horseplay, is no place for a firearm and really an inappropriate time to pull out a weapon to show friends. While there does not appear to be any malicious intent by Evan Wilhelm by any means, a better course of action would have been to have kept the firearm locked away and only brought out for safe cleaning and maintenance or for transport / use at a shooting range. Otherwise, keep the gun safeguarded at all time.
The death of Ashley Cowie is a great loss for the family, her friends, the Orange Park / Clay County community, and the FSU / Tallahassee community. A detailed investigation will be conducted to determine all the facts and circumstances of this tragedy. See FSU Student from Orange Park Killed in Fraternity Shooting.