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Friend: Teen killed outside Richmond store was about to graduate high school

RICHMOND, Va. -- Friends said the 18-year-old student shot and killed outside a Richmond grocery store Saturday night was passionate about life and readying to graduate from high school.

Latifah A. Hudnall was about to graduate from Henrico High School with a cosmetology license from Highland Springs Technical Center, according to a friend that spoke to WTVR CBS 6 on the condition of anonymity.

“Tifah had an extremely bright future ahead of her," Hudnall's friend said. "She just turned 18, was getting ready for prom/graduation, and she was so excited about her career in cosmetology doing make up and hair. It's just so sad that it was taken away from her.”

Latifah A. Hudnall

Latifah A. Hudnall

Police arrested and charged 17-year-old Terrence T. Whitmire with involuntary manslaughter in Hudnall's death. Sources indicated the fatal shooting may have been an accident.

Terrence T. Whitmire

Officers received a call for a person shot outside of Sabatino's grocery store in the 4900 block of Government Road shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived, they found Hudnall on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound.

She died at the scene.

Police said the Medical Examiner will determine her exact cause and manner of death.

Whitmire was also charged with reckless handling of a firearm and juvenile in possession of a firearm.

Whitmire was apparently playing with the gun when it fired and Hudnall was struck in the chest,  sources said.

The incident was still under investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information on the death investigation to either call Major Crimes Detective J. Bridges at 804-646-4494 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.

Friends set-up a GoFundMe page to help Hudnall's family cover funeral costs.