BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a horse was shot and killed in Fayette County over the weekend.

According to police, the incident happened in the 200-block of Spaugy Hollow Road on Saturday.

Grace Keslar, 16, visited the gravesite Monday where her horse, Tari, is buried in Bullskin Township.

The American Quarter Horse was shot and killed while grazing in a field on her grandfather’s property Saturday night, the Fourth of July.

Grace is devastated by the loss.

“He was my best friend. I’d always call him my baby, and it’s true, he was my baby, and I’m lost without him,” says Grace.

Neighbors heard a number of gunshots that evening, which were apparently fired by people celebrating the holiday. The family found 17-year-old Tari in the grass, lifeless, the next day.

“He was so close to me. He was my baby and now I can’t come see him anymore and now I can’t give him his kisses and give him a hug. He follows me around everywhere and that’ll never happen again,” Grace said.

“I think that it was a senseless act. I think that possibly someone was celebrating the Fourth of July and they probably fired some guns off, and I’m hoping that it wasn’t intentional,” Grace’s mom, Amie Keslar, said.

Amie says the family helped her daughter fulfill a lifelong dream when they bought the horse a year ago.

She says Tari became a member of the family and it is heart wrenching to see her daughter suffer after losing her best friend.

“Just walking through the fields with him, grooming him, talking to him, just being with him, because he was her life,” said Amie.

She only wants the person who shot the horse to do one thing.

“I would like you to come and apologize to my daughter. Apologize to her, so she has closure,” Amie says.

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