Nurse and Adjunct Professor, 61, Killed by Celebratory Gunfire in Texas on New Year’s Day

A woman in Texas was struck and killed by a stray bullet on New Year’s Day while celebrating with her family.

According to local CBS affiliate KHOU, 61-year-old Philippa Ashford spent the evening setting off fireworks to usher in the new decade. Just after midnight, however, a single bullet took her life. Emergency crews were called but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I don’t know if you can figure out what the odds are, but you got the family together, they’re out here celebrating the New Year, and basically the matriarch of the family is now deceased,” Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ben Beall told the outlet.

The fatal accident occurred at the edge of Ashford’s driveway in
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