Valentine Democrat, Valentine NE, May 5, 1904, p2
DIES FROM ACCIDENTAL SHOT
Smaller Boy Grabs Hold of Gun When
it is Discharged.
An accident with a 22-caliber rifle at the Lutheran orphans' home, just east of Fremont, Tuesday noon, resulted in the death of Basil RUPIN, aged 15 years, an inmate of the home.
Young RUPIN had been shooting some pigeons and was walking across the yard at the home, holding the gun in both hands. A smaller boy, Peter Sissakian, grasped the stock of the weapon and tilted the barrel upward. It was discharged and the ball entered RUPIN's right eye, passing thence into the brain. He lingered for several hours and died in the evening.
Young RUPIN has been at the home for twelve years, having been placed in it when he was 3 years old. His mother is dead but his father is still living and resides at Topeka, Kan. He was the oldest boy in the home and the accident would not have happened had it not been for the smaller lad, who is but 6 years of age.