Little girls love to play dolls while boys love to play cops and robbers. But his innocent game turned into a tragedy when a 13-year-old boy accidentally killed his 9-year-old brother.
This tragedy happened in Pennsylvania. Brayden Leroy Wright (13) reportedly shot his 9-year-old brother right in the head around 6 oclock on the morning of July 8th at their Waynesboro home. This is truly a disturbing incident that left people wondering what the two boys were doing that morning, or whether it was really an accident or not. Also, the 9-year-old victim was not officially identified by the police officials.
According to the police, Brayden told them that he did not know that the gun was loaded when he pointed it at his brothers’ head and pulled the trigger. He also told them that he was the one who called 911. When the ambulance crew arrived, they found his brother bleeding from the head and in cardiac arrest.
Unfortunately, the boy died at the Waynesboro Hospital.
The police reports regarding the incident were very alarming. They revealed that Braydan said that he was aware that the gun was loaded. The boy allegedly said that he was angry that his brother was not listening to him. So he put the fun to the back of his brother’s head and pulled the trigger.
His brother was lying on the couch watching YouTube videos when his brother shot at him. According to the investigators, the boy suffered a contact gunshot wound behind his left ear. This only means that the muzzle of the gun was physically touching the boy’s head when his brother pulled the trigger. And after the shooting incident, Brayden placed the gun back where he found it.
Then, he called 911 and reported that someone had fallen. And when EMTs arrived at the scene, they found the 9-year-old boy in an unstable condition. He was rushed to the hospital but he did not survive.
Now people are asking how did Brayden has access to the gun that easily? According to their father, Matthew Snyder, he always kept his 9mm handguns loaded inside an unlocked console of their couch in the living room.
The victim’s family organized a GoFundMe campaign. Kelly Gonzales, the aunt of these boys, was the one who organized the GoFundMe campaign. On the page, she wrote, “Yesterday forever changed all our lives. We not only lost a 9-year-old precious little boy, but we could potentially lose his 13-year-old brother.”
Because of the incident, Brayden was charged with a first-degree criminal homicide as well as second-degree aggravated assault. Brayden was also denied bail and will be tried as an adult.
Guns should be kept out of children’s reach at all times. If you need to keep a gun at home, it is vital that it is placed somewhere that you can lock up. The fact that Brayden got access to his fathers’ gun is simply proof that gun owners need to be extra responsible for their loaded weapons.
What happened to Brayden and his brother is proof that tragedies involving children and weapons can happen.
After the incident, the family is under scrutiny. Simply because people believe that they did not take extra care in keeping their guns away knowing that they have small children in the house. Because of this, the aunt asked everyone to keep their criticisms to themselves while they are trying to heal from this painful tragedy.