From tragedy, Life: Family advocates organ donation, gun safety following man’s death


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A Washington County couple want some good to come of their son’s death stemming from an accident with a handgun this summer.

Amy Cornett of Kossuth said she told her son, Colin, when he bought the gun earlier this year that people often die from firearms within a short distance of their home.

“He said, ‘That’s my problem,’” Amy Cornett said. “And I said, ‘No, it’s the people you leave behind.’ He just thought I didn’t know what I was talking about.”

On July 12, Colin Cornett accidentally triggered the handgun and shot himself at the family’s home in northern Washington County, just south of the Jackson County line. The 2012 graduate of Liberty Christian Academy in Seymour was pronounced dead the next day.

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