Ty Miller
Ty Miller
A Neshoba Central High School junior, remembered for his smiling face and friendly personality, was fatally injured in an accidental shooting over the weekend in Lauderdale County, the authorities said.

Ty Miller, 16, died Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while at his mother's house in Lauderdale County, Coroner Clayton Cobler said.

He ruled the death accidental.

"Miller was outside talking with his mother then left to go inside, shortly afterwards his mother heard the gunshot," Cobler said

He was pronounced dead at a Meridian hospital.

Miller, a Neshoba County native, had just completed his 10th-grade year at Neshoba Central. He was a member of the soccer, baseball and football teams and played baseball for East Coast Prospects in tournaments throughout the South.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said the incident remains under investigation.

Miller was described as "best friend" to many, not only at Neshoba Central but Philadelphia High School as well.

"Everybody loved him," said Avery Duncan. "So many could describe him as their best friend and he always had a smile on his face."

Duncan met Miller at First United Methodist Church when the two were less than a year old.

We were best friends and hung out together all the time, he said.

One of Duncan's favorite memories of Miller was when the two were younger and would watch Power Rangers.

"We'd dress up in costumes and watch the show," he said. "Then my sister would dress as a princess and we'd save her."

That friendship also carried over into sports, with the two playing baseball as teammates.

"We played T-Ball together for three or four years on a team called the Gators," Duncan said. "We still played tournament baseball together."

Services for Miller were to be held today at 2 p.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home.

The Rev. Coy Miller and the Rev. Davey Wilkinson were to officiate.

Burial was to be in Cooks Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Shelley Rutland of Lauderdale; father, John Miller of Philadelphia; sister, Melissa Miller of Philadelphia; paternal grandparents, Percy Miller and Betty Miller of Philadelphia; and great-grandmother, Carolyn Carney of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sharon Ross and Glenn Rutland.