A 13-year-old son of a corrections officer accidentally killed his 11-year-old brother Thursday while playing with a handgun they found in their parents’ bedroom in Florida.
Shemarion Burse died of a gunshot wound to the chest, Miami-Dade police said.
Shemarion was at his home in the Horizons West resort with four siblings, aged 9 to 15, when he was accidentally killed by his brother, 7News reported. No adults were home at the time.
A neighbor said she heard screams around 5 p.m. and rushed to the unit.
“I called 911. I entered the house. The baby was there, blood everywhere,” said the neighbor, who asked not to be identified.
She began performing mouth-to-mouth CPR until Shemarion stopped breathing.
The young boy was airlifted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Blood on the wall, he was just lying there, taking his last breath, and it was just traumatic,” the neighbor said.
MDPD detective Alvaro Zabaleta confirmed that Shemarion’s mother is a Miami-Dade corrections officer, but said who owned the gun.
The police do not expect to press charges in this tragic case.
“I am heartbroken by the whole situation,” another neighbor, Geraldine Ostanne, told CBS. “I just don’t like hearing about these stories of guns in homes. I think it must be very hard for the family who are devastated by the whole situation.
“Even if the gun was in a safe place, I think they shouldn’t be near children at all. They shouldn’t even know where the guns are.
Shemarion’s mother, Tiffany Callaway, remembered her son, who the family affectionately called “Fat Boy”, as “loving, playful and always there to put a smile on your face when you needed it”.
« Imaging [sic] 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,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page for the boy’s funeral expenses.