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Baltimore cop investigated after fatal accidental shooting of girl, 13

Monae Turnage, 13, victim of a fatal accidental shooting in Baltimore on Saturday, March 3, 2012. CBS Baltimore

(CBS) BALTIMORE - A Baltimore police officer is under scrutiny after a gun used in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl was later found in his car.

Monae Turnage died Saturday, accidentally shot by two boys who were playing with a rifle. Sources say the officer under investigation was in a relationship with a relative of one of the juvenile suspects, CBS Baltimore reported.

"The thought of it is, quite frankly, disgusting," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "...it is important for everyone to know that I expect our officers to perform their duties with integrity and according to the law at all times," she said.

The officer's name has not been released but he has been suspended.

Police say the boys tried to hide the victim's body near the house where the shooting occurred.

According to CBS Baltimore, Monae Turnage was a popular eighth grader at March Middle School responsible for making morning announcements over the intercom.

"Every morning, you were guaranteed to hear `Good morning, March Middle! This is Monae Turnage!' and that was her spirit and her energy every single morning," said Principal Dr. Iona Spikes.

One of the two students charged with Monae's accidental shooting was also a student at March Middle.

Dr. Spikes sent home a letter to update parents on the tragedy and brought in grief counselors to help Monae's devastated friends.

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