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21-year-old UNL student died in accidental shooting, police say
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21-year-old UNL student died in accidental shooting, police say

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Police say a 21-year-old Lincoln man died in an accidental shooting at his apartment Wednesday night.

Officer Luke Bonkiewicz identified the victim as Ivan Messersmith.

Police went to Messersmith's apartment in the 700 block of Lakeside Drive at 10:45 p.m. after his girlfriend found him unconscious and not breathing. Bonkiewicz said he died of a gunshot wound to his head from a Glock 17 handgun.

Police believe that, while filming a video, Messersmith was manipulating the handgun and accidentally shot himself.

Messersmith was a freshman civil engineering major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was from Grand Island.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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