A 24-year-old bride has been killed at her own wedding after a guest, who is believed to be the cousin of the groom, fired a hunting rifle in a traditional celebration and accidentally shot three people.
A young bride has tragically been killed on her own wedding day in Iran after being hit in the head by a stray bullet fired by a guest in celebration. 24-year-old Mahvash Leghaei was at a party in Firuzabad celebrating her big day when she was struck with a fatal gunshot wound to the head from a high-powered hunting rifle.
Two shots were fired from the rifle, the second bullet pierced the bride's skull before injuring two other male guests.
Mahvash ended up in a coma and later died in hospital from her injuries.
The shooter, although not formally named yet, is said to have been a 36-year-old male cousin of the groom.
Despite being illegal, firing a gun to celebrate a marriage is a common tradition in Iran.
Police spokesman Colonel Mehdi Jokar said: "We had an emergency call of a shooting at a wedding hall in Firuzabad city, and officers were dispatched immediately. "The officers discovered that somebody had fired shots with a hunting rifle as part of the local nomad tradition, but unfortunately because of the crowds and the person's poor control of the weapon, he managed to shoot three people, two men, and the bride.
"The shooter then fled the area but police located the man still carrying the unlicensed hunting rifle that had been fired at the wedding.
Mahvash had signed up to be an organ donor just three months before her untimely death, her family respected her wishes and allowed her body to be used for organ donation. Since her death, three people have benefited from her organ donations and she has been buried at a local cemetery.