Family Speaks Out About Rumors Surrounding Girl's Death

It seems like everyone in Leggett knew Frankee Danielle McCarty.  Thursday afternoon, friends and family packed the local church to remember the popular 7th grader.  The Leggett school district even shut down early so Frankee's classmates and teachers could say goodbye.

"She loved everybody and everybody loved her," Frankee's grandmother, Faye Adams, says.  "We're having a hard time without Frankee.  My son loves his children.  He doesn't have a lot but he gave him all he could and he gave them his time, his love."

The McCarty family is left with plenty of pleasant memories of Frankee.  She was active in church, outgoing and friendly.  Frankee's death was tragic and unexpected; so are the accusations that started right after she died - accusations that Frankee's own brother intentionally had something to do with her death.

"I think somebody's just trying to start some rumors and I think it needs to be squashed," says Frankee's grandfather, Bob Moore.  "I don't think it was on purpose; in fact, I bet my life on it.  It was a tragic accident that shouldn't have happened, but it did.  I don't believe in any way that it was done on purpose."

Detectives say Frankee was shot in the head with a 9 millimeter pistol.  She was playing with a group of kids in front of her home when the gun went off.  Investigators haven't named a suspect, but say one of the kids with Frankee that night is responsible for her death.

If you have any information about this crime, call the investigative section at the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 936-327-6810.