13-year-old boy accidentally shoots and kills his 11-year-old brother in their house
Hurt. An 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot dead by his 13-year-old brother at home while holding a gun he found in his parents’ bedroom.
Follow Miami-Dade Police on Friday, the victim, identified as Shemarion Burse, was staying in an apartment at the Horizons West complex with his four siblings on Thursday afternoon. There were no adults home at the time – not even the Miami-Dade Corrections officer’s mother Tiffany Callaway. Investigators said the boy’s 13-year-old brother took a gun from a gun case in the master bedroom’s closet. As he was fiddling with the weapon, it suddenly exploded and stabbed Shemarion in the chest.
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Talk to 7News, a neighbor next door recounted when he heard the children’s desperate cries for help “help” and rushed to the house to discover the nightmare. She speaks:
“I heard a noise, and then I heard the kids screaming, ‘Help.’ I called 911. I went inside. The baby was there, the blood was everywhere.”
The neighbor then began trying to resuscitate Shemarion:
“I did CPR, CPR until he stopped breathing, and that’s when I stopped.”
The child was brought in by a helicopter Ryder . Trauma Center, where he was eventually declared dead. The woman added in an interview with CBS news about how shocked and traumatized the situation was:
“I just apologize to the person who passed him by. I know he’s a brother too. I just walked out of the house and started to break down myself. He just lay there and took his last painful breath. They were very afraid. I can’t even describe the feeling. It was impossible to imagine.”
Another neighbor Geraldine Ostanne also told the store:
“I am heartbroken about the whole situation. I just don’t like hearing stories about guns in the house. I think it must have been very difficult for the family to be devastated about the whole situation. Although the gun is in a safe place, I feel they should not be near children. They shouldn’t even know where the gun is.”
Police are currently investigating the incident, but they do not expect to file any charges at this time. Shemarion’s mother, Tiffany created a GoFundMe to help cover funeral expenses. Calling her son “the light of our lives,” she wrote:
“Although none of you may know him, I can tell you that he is a wonderful boy. Loving, playful and always there to put a smile on your face when you need it. Imagining life without him is something we never thought we would have to do as a family, and worse still, we had to let him rest in peace.”
This is a terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to this family as they go through this difficult loss.
[Image via GoFundMe, NBC 6 South Florida/YouTube]