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Idaho man hit by stray bullet in Yakima dies

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A 20-year-old Idaho man is dead after being hit by a stray bullet in Yakima.

Kyle Flerchinger, of Orofino, was smoking a cigarette last Tuesday night in the back yard of a home where he was staying when a bullet struck him in the back of the neck. Police say the shot was fired from about a block away and was intended for another man.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins tells the Yakima Herald-Republic that Flerchinger was taken off life support and died on Friday. Several of his organs were saved for donation.

The gunfire might have been gang-related. Police said the bullet was intended for a 21-year-old man who was hit at least twice in the back. That victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle but is expected to recover.

No arrests have been made.

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