Charges expected for man who shot teen in prank gone wrong
LONGMONT, Colo. — A 21-year-old who shot and killed a family friend in what police are calling a prank that went wrong, will be charged next week.
Nerrek Galley appeared in a Boulder County courtroom Monday morning.
He’s accused of shooting Premila Lal, 18, Saturday night at her former home in Longmont.
Galley was a friend to the Lal family, who had recently moved, and was keeping an eye on their recently vacated home.
Lal and her cousin snuck into the house just before 8 p.m. unbeknownst to Galley, who was playing video games with Premila’s 15-year-old brother, Pranil.
Family members said Galley and Pranil heard a noise and went to check it out. The noise turned out to be Premila Lal, who jumped out of a closet as a harmless joke, her family said.
Galley then shot her, the family said. Premila Lal was rushed to a local hospital and later died.
Galley was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, child abuse and providing a gun to a juvenile because Lal’s 15-year-old brother had access to the gun, police said.
“The 21-year-old let a juvenile male have possession of a handgun without the parent’s permission. That is a felony crime in our state,” said Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur.
The teen’s death was “unintended and extremely tragic,” police said in a statement.
Galley was released from jail on his own recognizance Monday afternoon. He will be formally charged next Monday.
The Lal family was in court for the hearing. They declined to comment on the case.
As a term for his release, Galley is not allowed to attend Premila Lal’s funeral.
Victim remembered as popular student
Premila Lal was a popular student, undeterred by challenges and celebrated even in death, her family said. The Niwot cross-country team ran a meet Saturday morning in Premila’s honor, marking her initials on their legs.
“She graduated with 3.87 GPA with changing three schools. So she was a go-getter. We’re going to miss her,” said her dad.
Her classmates called her fast. Sadly, her life ended just as quickly.
“I was always there for my daughter. And she was always there for me. That’s the hardest part I’m going to miss,” said Premila’s mom, Angela Lal.