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Utah teacher shot, killed while hunting

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Police continue to investigate the shooting.

(Park City Fire District) A Utah teacher was fatally shot while hunting in Summit County when a gun apparently accidentally discharged on January 31, 2022.

A Utah teacher was fatally shot on Monday when a gun apparently accidentally discharged, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Sandy resident Lynette Billeter, 58, was hunting with two family members about 10 miles northeast of Echo. Police say she was getting back into a UTV around 11 a.m. when a gun went off, hitting her in the waist.

First responders worked to treat Billeter, but she died at the scene.

Billeter was an educator “for many years” at Canyon Transition Academy, a program that helps adult special education students in the Canyons School District, according to a GoFundMe page that raises funds for his funeral expenses.

(Canyons School District) Lynette Billeter, center forward, with students from the Canyons Transition Academy program. Billeter was killed in an apparent hunting accident on January 31, 2022.

The school program helps students aged 18 to 22 “learn the skills to live as independently as possible,” according to the academy’s website. The GoFundMe page had raised over $17,000 by Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Canyons School District said Billeter is “cherished” among the staff and noted that support is available for those who are grieving.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ms. Lynette Billeter during this difficult time,” CTA program administrator Nate Edvalson wrote in an email to parents on Tuesday. “As many of our students will tell you, Ms. Billeter was a wonderful person and helped our students as they progressed through their academic journey.”

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting appeared to be accidental in nature, but they are continuing to investigate.