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Friend charged in fatal shooting of Leavenworth man

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There are a lot of rumors about the shooting death of 31-year old Dick Mathis. Some say it was an accident. Others are not sure, but everyone is grieving. There are a lot of rumors about the shooting death of 31-year old Dick Mathis. Some say it was an accident. Others are not sure, but everyone is grieving.
Justin Driscoll, 26, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Justin Driscoll, 26, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
LEAVENWORTH, KS (KCTV) -

Friends and family are remembering a father of four killed over the weekend in Leavenworth.

The man accused in his death is one of his best friends.

There are a lot of rumors about the shooting death of 31-year old Dick Mathis. Some say it was an accident. Others are not sure, but everyone is grieving.

Bowing in prayer and clinging to candles, mourners gathered under the shelter at Wohlman Park in Leavenworth to say goodbye to Mathis.  They later released balloons in his memory

"He was awesome. He made everybody smile. He was always happy, and this was horrible," the victim's sister, Patricia Williams, said.  "It just shows how well-loved he was and what kind of a guy he was. He had hundreds of friends and family that love him, and we miss him terribly.

Friends rushed Mathis to a hospital early Saturday morning after he was shot in the face while riding in the passenger's seat of a truck.

Within hours, police arrested 26-year-old Justin Driscoll, who has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

"They're saying it was an accident, but I don't think that it was. It could very well have been, but I don't see how you accidentally point a gun and shoot," the victim's brother, Richard Mathis, said.

Mathis' wife said that she believes the shooting was an accident because Driscoll and Mathis were longtime friends.

She said she even spoke to police on Driscoll's behalf  But Mathis' sister said she isn't entertaining any version of what happened to her brother.

"There is always a million different rumors and things like that. You just gotta wait. I'm not going to listen to anybody until we go to court," she said.

Mathis is survived by his wife and four children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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