Justin Carter, a soaring country musician, was accidentally shot to death in his Houston apartment last weekend, according to several media reports.
Details about the incident are scarce so far, but Carter’s mother told The Miami Herald the gun accidentally went off in his pocket.
“This was ruled as an unfortunate accident,” she reportedly wrote in a post on her son’s Facebook page. “A great loss for our family. He will be missed but will forever be in our hearts.”
Carter’s team, Triple Threat Management, who said he could be the “next Garth Brooks,” told KTRK the same gun that killed him was supposed to be used in an upcoming music video shoot. The ABC affiliate also reported Carter’s management will release more of his music and will donate sales to the musician’s family.
Fans expressed their sorrow on the comments sections of his most recent YouTube video.
“I'm sad that it took his death for me to hear his music,” wrote one viewer. “Very talented musician. He will be missed.”
“Going to miss you Justin,” commented another. “RIP buddy.”
His music blended a bold style of classic country with elements of hip hop. George Strait, Clay Walker, and Brooks influenced his music, according to the New York Daily News.
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