January 25, 2011

7th Grader Used Birthday Gift To Shoot and Kill Family Members

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A 14-year-old in Spartanburg, South Carolina shot and killed three family members last week. The boy’s father and great-aunt died on the scene, and his grandmother died at the hospital a few days later. His motivations aren’t clear, but NBC station WYFF4 reports that the weapon in question, a .22 caliber rifle, was given to the boy by his father as a birthday present. District solicitor Barry Barnette hopes to have the 7th grader tried as an adult, because of the seriousness of the crime.

This is a terrible, terrible story, and one that raises some oft-repeated questions about gun ownership in this country. TC mark

Rawiya Kameir

Rawiya was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and has lived in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia and Canada. She now lives in …

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