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The 35-year-old rising star is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the face on the set of his music video.

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Carter had just released a new single, “Love Affair,” and was about to embark on 10-state concert tour when he was fatally shot by a gun that was to have been used as a prop in Houston on March 16.

Carter’s mother, Cindy McClellan, told Fox News her son was filming a music video in Houston, Texas, on Saturday when a gun in his pocket “went off and caught my son in the corner of his eye.”

Mark Atherton of Triple Threat Management, which had recently signed the singer, believed that he “had a potential…to be the next Garth Brooks.”

“He was a wonderful artist,” his mother said. “He was the voice, he was the total package and we’re trying to keep his legend [alive].”

Carter leaves behind two young daughters, Dixie and Kaylee.

McClellan said the family has set up a GoFundMe in order to cover funeral costs as well as to bring Carter’s body back from Houston to San Antonio for burial. She said Carter was in the U.S. Army but she is unsure at this time if he meets the qualifications for a military burial.

“He was a wonderful person, very loving and he loved our God very much,” McClellan shared. “He had a Bible in his room, in the den, he had one in his truck. He gave to charities.”

RIP to an up-and-coming star gone too soon.


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