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Texas country singer killed by gun that was prop in music video, agency says

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A Texas country singer was killed last weekend when a gun fired in his pocket, his mother said.

Justin Carter, 35, was recording a music video in Houston on Saturday when the accidental gunfire killed him, Fox News reports. Cindy McClellan, Carter’s mother, said the gun “went off and caught my son in the corner of his eye,” according to the TV network.

The gun was a prop in the video, and according to Mark Atherton of Triple Threat Management — which recently inked a music deal with Carter — the weapon went off at Carter’s apartment, KTRK reports. The Houston TV station described Carter as “a rising country music singer.”

Carter’s Facebook fan page, which is liked by more than 2,000 people, calls him “a Texas born and Texas raised country boy to his core.”

A post shared on that Facebook fan page several days after his death said the shooting “was ruled as an unfortunate accident” and was “a great loss for our family.” Carter had two young daughters, and his family said there are plans to bury him in San Antonio, according to Fox.

Houston police referred McClatchy to the Harris County medical examiner for more details on the incident, but that office did not immediately respond to request for comment on Thursday.

“He was a wonderful person, very loving and he loved our God very much,” McClellan said, according to Fox. “He had a Bible in his room, in the den, he had one in his truck. He gave to charities.”

Carter’s mother said he was soon going to kick off a 10-state tour, Fox reports.

“Justin had a potential to, you know, in our eyes, and a lot of people’s eyes to be the next Garth Brooks,” Atherton said, according to KTRK.

Triple Threat is planning to release the rest of Carter’s recent recordings, with the money that the music makes going to support his family, KTRK reports.

“His music was his world,” McClellan said, according to KTRK. “He was always there for everybody.”

Comments on the video for Carter’s song “Love Affair,” which is the most recent music video published to his YouTube channel, offer condolences.

“So sad to see such a talented artist pass on so young,” one commenter wrote.

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