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Teenager Lily Basil from Tennessee was shot and killed the day after she graduated from high school

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A Tennessee teenager whose “smile lit up every room she entered” was fatally shot Saturday night, one day after she celebrated her high school graduation, because the suspected shooter claimed he was unaware the gun was loaded.

Lily Basil, 18, was struck in the right arm by a rifle bullet and was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where she was later pronounced dead, according to WSMV.

Shooting suspect Matthew Roufail, also 18, arrived at Williamson County Medical Center, believing that was where Basil was taken when he encountered police.

The teenager was detained for questioning and charged with murder in connection with Basil’s death, WZTV reported, citing a police statement.

“Police arrested Matthew Roufail, 18, and charged him with murder. His bond is set at $150,000,” Franklin police announced Sunday. “Police believe this was an isolated incident. The investigation is ongoing.”

Lily Basil was shot and killed in Franklin, Tennessee on May 25, 2024, just one day after graduating from high school. WKRN/Family leaflet

Roufail allegedly confessed to shooting Basil, but claimed the tragedy was unintentional and believed the AR-15-style rifle was unloaded.

One witness who tried to take Basil to the hospital told police he saw Roufail shoot the graduate student with a .22-caliber rifle.

The rifle was located in the trunk of the witness’s car, where the teenagers were hanging out.

After the shooting, Matthew Roufail was arrested and charged with murder. Franklin Police Department
Basil graduated from Page High School on May 24, 2024. WKRN/Family leaflet

According to the Williamson Herald, Basil graduated from Page High School in Franklin, Tenn., on Friday, while Roufail had his commencement ceremony at Ravenhood High School, 10 miles away.

“The Page High family mourns the loss of 2024 graduate Lily Basil. Lily was the light; she was kind, sweet and extremely respectful. Her smile lit up every room she entered,” Principal Katie Hill said in a statement, according to the facility.

“Although she was new to the Page community, she quickly embraced the Patriot spirit and became a friend to everyone she met. Lily will be greatly missed by Page’s faculty, staff and students, and we strive to honor her memory by sharing her light.”

Roufail was fired on Tuesday, according to WKRN.

Several memorials have been planned for Bail as her funeral is scheduled for Friday morning.

Basil was remembered for her smile that “brightened up every room she entered.” WKRN/Family leaflet
In addition to the service, community members were asked to turn on the lights at sunset Friday as part of Page High School’s “Light Up the Night: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Lily Basil.” @sophia.debruler/Instagram

In addition to the service, community members were asked to turn on the lights at sunset Friday as part of Page High School’s “Light Up the Night: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Lily Basil.”

“Help us honor Lily and celebrate the light she brought into our lives by lighting a candle, a fixture or turning on the porch light this evening,” Hill said.





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