Kayaker killed in accidental shooting
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A Sitka woman was killed Sunday morning (12-30-12) when her rifle accidentally discharged. 31-year old Amber Peterson was kayaking over the weekend with her brother, en route from Sitka to Goddard Hot Springs, when they ducked into Samsing Cove on Saturday to wait out the weather.
According to police reports, as she loaded her kayak the following morning in camp, Peterson’s rifle discharged, killing her.
Alaska State Troopers were already aboard their patrol vessel Courage when authorities were notified at around 10:30 Sunday morning. Two Sitka police detectives and an officer responded with troopers.
No other people were in the cove at the time of the accident. Peterson’s body was flown to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage.
Peterson has three young children – all boys. She was a 1999 graduate of Pacific High School.
The Naa Kahidi Dancers performed at the Sheet'ka Kwan Naa Kahidi on Saturday to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary. The Naa Kahidi Dancers were founded in 1994 by Chuck Miller, who began dancing when he was three years old, in the Sitka Native Education Program. "When I dance, when I put on my regalia, it feels like my ancestors are running through my veins," he said. more
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