Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, October 15, 2012

16-year old Iowa boy dead after 15-year old friend finds gun and fires it unintentionally

Corey L. Hamilton, Jr., age 16
Two boys, 16-year old Corey L. Hamilton Jr., and his friend, 15-year old Dontavius Sharkey, found a loaded, unsecured handgun in an apartment in Des Moines, Iowa.  That's when Dontavius unintentionally fired the gun, hitting Corey in the face.  Corey later died from his wound.

Dontavius initially tried to hide the gun, but later admitted to the shooting.

From an article:

Des Moines police responded to 1444 E. Walnut St. after a report of a person being shot. Authorities found Corey L. Hamilton Jr., 16, with a gunshot wound to his head. 
Medics from the Des Moines Fire Department transported the teen to an area hospital, where he later died from the injury. 
Police interviewed several witnesses and arrested 15-year-old Dontavius Sharkey. Police said the gun used in the incident was recovered with the cooperation of the suspect. 
Friends of Hamilton told KCCI NewsChannel 8 that Hamilton was a junior at Des Moines Lincoln High School. 
As a result of the investigation, Sharkey has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless use of a firearm.

Corey is described in the video as a boy who could make his classmates smile.

It is not yet known who the gun belongs to or how the boys got it.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

1 comment:

  1. I loved Corey alot he was like my big brother always there for me every body loved that boy always but a smile on your face.I well never forget you im sorry u died this way we forgive goo but i wish he would of known the was one in the chamber when he unload the clip C.I.P Corey Hamilton Love Stormy Reinier


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