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HOBART, Ind. – An Indiana father has been charged in the accidental shooting of his 9-year-old daughter.

33-year-old Eric Hummel is charged with reckless homicide.

Police say he was showing his handgun to his two sons Saturday evening in an attempt to teach them gun safety.

In a tragic twist, his daughter Olivia entered the room and, according to the account he gave police, Hummel turned and pulled the trigger thinking there were no bullets in the gun.

Olivia was shot once in the head.

An officer arrived on the  scene and began CPR. She was transported to a local hospital where she died.

Police say there's no indication Hummel was intoxicated at the time.

At school Olivia was described as a wonderful little girl who always wore her heart on her sleeve.  Counselors were on hand Monday to help students, teachers and staff deal with the pain of her loss.

Tonight in the tight knit hometown,  friends and neighbors came out to celebrate her life.

Every person who attended the vigil was given a bag to write a personal note to Olivia and a simulated candle to place inside.  Then the lights came down for a moment of silence.

Those in attendance describe the red head as bright, bold and sweet.  And she could belt out a cheer that could be heard a 100 yards away.

Hummel bonded out of the Lake County Jail tonight. He was not present for the vigil.

He is due in court again June 28.