Friends gather to honor Noblesville teen

Peters, 16, died Sunday night

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - The death of a Noblesville teen has left her friends and family heartbroken as they search for answers after her death.

Hundreds of friends gathered Monday night to mourn the loss of 16-year-old Aubrey Peters.

Peters was shot in the chest inside a Noblesville home Sunday. She died hours later at St. Vincent Hospital.

Her friends released pink balloons at Monday night’s vigil. They said they could not believe she was gone.

"I think we're all in shock, we can't believe it, I'm sure every single one of us just woke up to a phone call this morning telling what had happened," one of her friends said. 

Peters was called a hero after the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis honored her in 2011 for saving two children who had fallen through the ice into Morse Reservoir the year before.

Friends said it was her heart that really stood out.

"Everybody loved Aubrey and she loved everyone. It's absolutely insane to think that someone is meant to change the world and make the world a better place isn't here anymore ... it's cruel," Peters’ boyfriend Joe Hodson said.

Court documents said Peters was shot by a friend who was playing with a gun. Jacob McDaniel, 20, faces reckless homicide charges in her death.

Documents said McDaniel pulled the trigger of the gun that he thought was empty after removing the gun's magazine.

An attorney entered a not guilty plea on McDaniel’s behalf.

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