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 from a gunshot wound to the chest on Thursday, according to Miami-Dade Police.
Shemarion was in his family’s apartment with his four siblings, ages 9 to 15, when the incident occurred. No adults were home when the boy was shot.
The 13-year-old brother had removed a gun from a firearm case in the master bedroom closet, and the gun went off as he was handling it.
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A neighbor recalled hearing the children screaming for help. The neighbor then rushed over.
“I called 911. I went inside 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 the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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“Blood on the wall, him just laying there, taking his last breath, 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 concealed weapon, I have kids, so I know the panic, the scaredness. I related to that moment. I just acted like he was my family member.”
Miami-Dade Police detective Alvaro Zabaleta told reporters on Thursday that Burse’s mother is a Miami-Dade Corrections officer.
Police have not indicated who owns the gun. Charges are not expected to be filed.
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Shemarion’s mother, Tiffany Callaway, started 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’d have to do as a family, and even worse, we have to lay him to rest,” Callaway wrote. “We weren’t prepared for this tragedy and are simply asking for a kind hand. Any donation small or big will allow us to give him the proper burial.”