Family of slain child wants gun owner held responsible for shooting death

PUYALLUP – The family of 13-year-old Eddie Holmes, who was accidentally shot and killed by his friend, believe the owner of the weapon should be prosecuted.

holmes“Our law at this time is written to protect the rights of gun owners rather than the safety of our children,” said Eddie’s mother, Sandra Aponte Holmes.

Eddie was shot and killed last week at his friend’s house in Puyallup. A group of five boys were inside – and one of them pulled out his stepfather’s shotgun from behind the bedroom headboard. One of the boys pumped the shotgun and it fired directly into the chest of 13-year-old Eddie Holmes.

The boy who fired the weapon was arrested and he could be facing manslaughter charges.

But now the Holmes family places the blame of Eddie’s death directly in the hands of the shotgun’s owners.

“Because our state has yet to agree on locking and securing guns, I’m left with the unbearable task of planning the funeral of my 13-year-old son,” Sandra said.

The Holmes family said their new mission is to work with state lawmakers. The Holmes said new legislation should require gun owners to secure firearms so other children aren’t accidentally killed.

Prosecutors said the boy who fired the shot was released from juvenile detention on Tuesday. Prosecutor Kevin Benton said his office is still gathering and reviewing evidence and charges against the suspect’s parents could come at a later date.

“It’s more important to make the right decision than a quick decision,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Linquist said. “After we’ve reviewed all the reports, and we have all the evidence, we will issue a decision.”

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12 comments

  • Charlie

    No, the kid should go to jail. The firearm owner is not responsible, they said the kid racked a shell into the chamber. this was deliberate and intent to kill. All children need to be taught how to safely handle firearms and the power that they deliver and the consequences of their misuse. What a shame I feel terrible for the parents that lost their boy, I can not even imagine the horror. Thoughts and prayers out to them in this their time of crisis.

  • kbair

    Speaking from personal experience, I was around loaded guns as a child and knew that they were no joke and not to be played with. The fault should lie with BOTH sets of parents for not teaching their children the seriousness of loaded weapons in the home.

  • BadCo13

    Although I agree the owner should bear some reponsibility – after they let the cop who left his gun in the cup holder of a mini van with his kids in it slide that is sort of the precidence we have established. If we let someone who was right there and made a concious decision go because he was a cop and punish a citizen who was not home and did not place the weapon in direct view and access then there is a problem.

    • Gordgray

      Any person Include the dumb police officer (who did pay with the lose of a child life, job, monetary funds and respect) should pay to bad some people need to make excuses and not own up.

  • nic

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It broke my heart reading this. I couldn’t imagine anything like this happening to my family, my thoughts and prayers go out to both families, as I’m sure the other little boy is feeling helpless and devastated. Two young boys lost their lives at such a young age. Just devastating.

  • Bill

    Sorry for your loss. However your child and the others that were there ARE TO BLAME ! You the parents, who don't take the time to talk to your kids ARE TO BLAME ! Not teaching your kids responsibility means YOU ARE TO BLAME ! The gun was not just lying there, it was hidden…Consequences of your actions folks….

  • pat

    No people need to educate families and kids on gun safety we have guns in our homes for safety if we have to unlock a gun for protection we are dead it took to long to get the key !!!

  • INF Teamleader

    We should hold the same for parents who give their kids cars, alcohol, kitchen knifes, prescription and non-prescription drugs.

    • Gordgray

      Why yes we should(I have seen enough 16 – 19 having kids and not taking responsible) thy are the teachers and are responsible under the law until thy are 18 I think

  • celestiona

    ….Honestly its neither the gun owners fault or the kids, it's the goddamned parents. I am a parent myself. If My daughter's friends said "HEY I want to show you my step dads gun" my daughter would of left the house saying no way and came strait home. That's what their kid should have been taught to do. Its up to parents to teach, there is HUNDREDS of stories to go over with your child about how one kid accidentally shot another kid, this is the oldest story in the book. Teach your kids not to walk into these dangerous situations. The gun was hidden; obviously the gun owner tried to keep it out of the teens hands. Lock it up? For all we know they were in a dangerous neighborhood which the last thing you want to be doing is loudly fiddling in the dark with the lock of a gun cabinet while some psycho is roaming through the house probably armed themselves.
    Honestly despite the loss of a child which I am sorry for, this just goes to show there was a group of kids who were not taught common sense and gun safety properly.

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