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South Carolina 15-year-old fatally shoots 12-year-old girl in the head with grandpa’s gun

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 5:24 AM
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By David EdwardsTuesday, December 31, 2013 13:09 EST

Hope Alexandria Fair fatally shot (WYFF)

A 15-year-old boy is in custody in South Carolina after shooting and killing a 12-year-old girl with his grandfather’s handgun over the weekend.

According to WYFF, Laurens County deputies found Hope Alexandria Fair with a gunshot to the head at a mobile home Sunday night.

Lt. Jawarski Shelton explained that the 12-year-old girl had been visiting a friend at the mobile home when the 15-year-old suspect came inside the home with the gun at around 6:30 p.m.. The 15-year-old boy originally told police that the weapon had been fired by someone else.

“(He) called the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office stating that he had walked into a residence after hearing a gunshot and found a 12-year-old female on the floor with a gunshot wound,” Shelton noted.

But a second caller, the victim’s friend, told police that her 15-year-old cousin had been holding the gun when it discharged.

“Eventually, he admitted that he was actually holding the gun when it fired and that he was actually loading a magazine into the weapon,” Shelton explained. “When he pulled the slide back, the gun fired.”

The pistol was recovered after a search of a wooded area near the home. Investigators determined that the suspect had taken the weapon from his grandfather’s vehicle, but did not have permission.

The 15-year-old boy was being held the Department of Juvenile Justice and will be charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was not expected to be tried as an adult.

Michelle Fair, the victim’s mother, described her daughter as “strong” and “creative.”

“She was definitely one of a kind,” the mother recalled. “She was so beautiful.”

“I know it was an accident, and he’ll have to pay for that accident for a long time,” Michelle Fair said of the 15-year-old boy. “I feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for him. I’ll lose my daughter forever. They’re going to lose their kid for a long time, too.”

Breanna Fair, the victim’s sister, told WHNS that she was still trying to make sense of the shooting.

“Someone doesn’t need to leave a gun laying out where kids can grab it,” she said.

Watch this video from WYFF, broadcast Dec. 31, 2013.

David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.


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diaperstodating
by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 5:33 AM
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Praying for the families involved.
diaperstodating
by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 5:33 AM
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I'm glad this didn't happen in Florida.
Carpy
by Ruby Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 6:03 AM
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Mandatory gun safety classes should be done by 5th grade.

rfurlongg
by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM
Tragic.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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The GF should be held accountable as well.

LizzieAnnesMom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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I am not sure why people think the grandfather is at fault. The kid didnt have permission to take the gun and at 15 he damn well knows better. He STOLE the gun.
mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Sad situation. The Gun nuts will have an excuse for this. The gun owners should also be prosecuted and put in jail for this tragedy.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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 He left the gun where the 15 year old could get it.

Quoting LizzieAnnesMom: I am not sure why people think the grandfather is at fault. The kid didnt have permission to take the gun and at 15 he damn well knows better. He STOLE the gun.

 

LizzieAnnesMom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM
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I leave my car in my driveway. If someone steals it and kills someone with it am i at fault? If you leave money on your counter are you at fault if your kid takes it? It doesnt matter where it was left. He did not have permission to take it, he knew he didnt, he stole it.

Quoting mikiemom:

 He left the gun where the 15 year old could get it.


Quoting LizzieAnnesMom: I am not sure why people think the grandfather is at fault. The kid didnt have permission to take the gun and at 15 he damn well knows better. He STOLE the gun.

 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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 Not a logical arguement what-so-ever.

Quoting LizzieAnnesMom: I leave my car in my driveway. If someone steals it and kills someone with it am i at fault? If you leave money on your counter are you at fault if your kid takes it? It doesnt matter where it was left. He did not have permission to take it, he knew he didnt, he stole it.

Quoting mikiemom:

 He left the gun where the 15 year old could get it.


Quoting LizzieAnnesMom: I am not sure why people think the grandfather is at fault. The kid didnt have permission to take the gun and at 15 he damn well knows better. He STOLE the gun.

 

 

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