A mother and actress is dead after Gwinnett County police said her neighbor shot through a wall while handling a gun, killing her. Her 17-year-old son found her unresponsive in her bed hours later.

That neighbor has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Now, Carlether Foley's family is trying to raise money to bring her body back home to Houston.

Gwinnett County Police said that after 11 p.m. on Sept. 25, Foley was found with a gunshot wound to the head, inside her McDaniel Road apartment in Duluth.

Foley's cousin, Ebony Curry, said the 36-year-old was sleeping when a bullet came through her wall and shot her. A few hours later, her 17-year-old son, Keyandre Benjamin, found her and called family.

"That day that it happened, I remember vividly," Curry told 11Alive. "Our mutual cousin gave me a call and she called me hysterically. I couldn't even understand what she was saying. She told me that she believes something happened to Carlether but we didn't know exactly what. They were very nervous about what they were hearing because they had spoken to her son, who called them hysterically saying that he had found his mom unresponsive."

Police said the 22-year-old neighbor told them he had an "accidental discharge" while he was loading his firearm. His attorney, Jeff Sliz, said his client was cleaning his 9 millimeter pistol at the time.

"He didn't have the magazine in it, but he was cleaning it and apparently there was a bullet in the chamber and it accidentally discharged and went through the wall," Sliz said.

Sliz said the neighbor, who works as an auto mechanic, didn't call police when his gun discharged because he is enlisting in the Navy to be a diver.

"He didn't want anything to harm that," Sliz said. "He figured it's just a matter of paying for damages."