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13-year-old boy accidentally shot to death by his friend

A 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot to death by his friend while a group of boys played with a shotgun.

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PUYALLUP — The accidental shooting that killed 13-year-old Eddie Holmes now has the boy’s family pleading with lawmakers to make a change.

eddie2His parents also want the owners of the gun to be prosecuted.

The Holmes family spoke to the media at the Puyallup Police Department Tuesday morning. And while they don’t blame the boy who accidentally shot their child  – they believe his parents, the owners of the shotgun, should be prosecuted.

“Those were Eddie’s friends,” said a sobbing Sandra Aponte Holmes, Eddie’s mother. “My heart does go out to them, but Eddie’s not here.”

An emotional Holmes family still struggles to cope with the loss Eddie.

“My brother, he was a good kid,” said Eddie’s older brother, Jose Holmes. “Great personality that everybody could love.”

The shooting happened last week inside a home on 11th Street in Puyallup.  Five boys were inside when one of them pulled out his stepfather’s shotgun from behind a bedroom headboard.

One of the boys pumped the shotgun – and it fired directly into Eddie’s chest, killing him.

Police call the shooting an accident but the shooter was arrested and faced a judge last Friday. The 13-year-old suspect was released from juvenile detention on Tuesday while prosecutors continued looking at all the evidence in the case.

Eddie’s family says the shotgun owner should have made sure the gun couldn’t fall into a child’s hands.

“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,” said Sandra.

Prosecutors say the shooter’s parents could face charges but so far none have been filed.

“It is my hope that speaking out today motivates just one person to secure their gun, my son Eddie Zee Holmes’ life would not have been taken in vain,” said Sandra.

She hopes gun owners across Washington state will take better care to store and secure their firearms.

“As only a mother whose child has been killed by gun violence can know, this pain that I am feeling is so unbearable,” said Sandra.

Eddie’s funeral is Saturday at New Tacoma Cemetery at 1 p.m. The family says the public is invited to attend.

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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PUYALLUP, Wash. — The accidental shooting that killed a teenager Thursday night has shocked a Puyallup neighborhood

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Eddie Holmes, 13, of Puyallup, was killed by a shotgun blast in a Puyallup home Thursday. One of his 13-year-old friends who is accused of accidentally firing the weapon could face a manslaughter charge.

One of the victim’s friends, also a 13-year-old boy, is under arrest and could face manslaughter charges.

It’s still very early in the investigation, and police and prosecutors are still gathering information.

It’s too soon to tell if the owner of the shotgun will face any charges.

The suspect entered a Pierce County juvenile courtroom wearing shackles around his ankles.

His parents sat in the back of the courtroom, hoping their son would be allowed out of jail.

“Sad and very difficult case, but it’s one in all fairness that you have to look at the conduct to see if it justifying the filing of criminal charges,” prosecutor Kevin Benton said.

The shooting happened Thursday at a home on 11th Street 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 juvenile court judge said the boy who allegedly fire the weapon will remain in detention until his arraignment because of the serious nature of the crime.

“He’s being held in detention,” said Benton. “They’ll carefully watch him and they’re mindful that this is a traumatic event for all of them involved. The parents are allowed to visit.”

Holmes was a student at Kalles Junior High School and the district brought in extra counselors to help students and staff cope with the tragic loss.

The suspect’s arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday when charges of first-degree manslaughter could be filed.

PuyallupShotgunDeathPUYALLUP — A 13-year-old boy who allegedly accidentally shot his friend was arrested on 1st-degree manslaughter charges, Puyallup police said.

The boy was arrested shortly after allegedly shooting 13-year-old Eddie Holmes. Holmes and his friend were playing with a gun in a Puyallup home when the gun went off, killing the young teen.

Neighbors say they never heard a gunshot, but saw what happened next.

“The young man was sitting in the driveway just rocking back and forth saying; I shot my best friend, I shot my best friend,” neighbor Carol Sharick said.

A 911 call reporting shots fired brought police to this small house in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast just after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

“Upon the arrival of our officers they located a subject, a juvenile, inside the residence that had been shot in the chest. There was also another juvenile inside the residence attempting to provide first aid for him,” Puyallup Police Captain Scott Engle said.

Paramedics arrived and did what they could, but the boy died a short time later. According to police, the boy who shot his friend and the resident of the home called police and tried to administer CPR. Two other boys in the home at the time of the accident left the home, but were quickly found by police.

“Ah, how horrible, how very horrible. Everyone in the neighborhood is upset by this,” Sharick said.

Police say five boys were in the house hanging out after school, the boy who lived in the house brought out a shotgun, it was loaded and somehow went off striking the 13-year-old boy in the chest.

photoHolmes’s parents and family released this statement following his death.

“Our hearts are broken at the tragic loss of our dear Eddie Zee. Life is a gift from God and we thank Him for each day he blessed us with Eddie Zee. Eddie was a wonderful son- very loving and caring. He enjoyed being with his big brother Jose, his dog Buddy, and playing video games. Our prayers are with the families that are also involved. Legislators need to pass a law against gun violence in America. Our prayers are also with all families that have lost a loved one by gun violence. We would like to thank the Puyallup Police Department for their support and everyone who have prayed and/or called to lift us up.” 

Police and neighbors call the shooting senseless, totally avoidable and a tragedy that did not have to happen.

“I don’t understand why people aren’t more secure of their things that they have in their home that are deadly to kids.  You see it all the time you’d think the kids would even realize they shouldn’t be playing around with things like that,” Sharick said.

“You got to keep the guns away from the kids, I mean, kids are going to be curious and kids are going to be kids so it’s not really their fault but they’ve got to also be taught too you know,” neighbor Larry Lagasa said.

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