A 13-year-old Florida boy accidentally shot and killed his 11-year-old brother while handling a gun he found in his parents’ bedroom last week.
The victim, Shemarion Burse, died of a gunshot wound to the chest Thursday, according to Miami-Dade police.
Shemarion was in her family’s apartment with her four siblings, ages 9 to 15, when the incident occurred. There were no adults home when the boy was shot.
The 13-year-old brother had removed a firearm from a firearms case in the master bedroom closet, and the gun discharged as he was handling it.
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A neighbor recalled hearing the children scream for help. The neighbor then rushed over.
“I called 911. I went into the house. The baby was there, blood everywhere,” she told WSVN-TV.
She began administering mouth-to-mouth CPR until the boy stopped breathing.
Shemarion was airlifted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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“Blood on the wall, he just laying there, taking his last breaths, and it was just traumatic,” the neighbor said. “I was nervous, I was in shock, but I was just trying to help, honestly, because I have a hidden weapon, I have children, so I know panic, fear. I related to that moment. I just acted like I was a member of my family”.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told reporters Thursday that Burse’s mother is a Miami-Dade corrections officer.
Police have not indicated who owns the gun. No charges are expected to be filed.
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Shemarion’s mother, Tiffany Callaway, set up a GoFundMe page for her son’s funeral expenses. The fundraiser has raised nearly $17,000 as of Sunday morning.
“[Imagining] Life without him is something we never thought we would have to do as a family and even worse, we have to put him to rest,” Callaway wrote. “We were not prepared for this tragedy and we are simply asking for a kind of hand. Any donation, small or large, will allow us to give him a proper burial.”