TX: Freer police believe shooting death of 14-year-old boy to be accident
October 28, 2010
Freer police believe shooting death of 14-year-old boy to be accident
Pair were packing up guns after hunting excursion when one went off
FREER - Authorities believe two 14-year-old boys were packing up after
hunting for the day when one of their rifles went off Wednesday afternoon,
striking Eden Gonzalez near his left collar bone and killing him.
Freer police are treating the shooting as an accident, though the
investigation isn't complete.
Eden was killed about 4 p.m. after being struck by a .222 caliber bullet,
a type of ammunition common in hunting small game, Police Chief Roy Salazar
The teen was hunting turkeys with a 14-year-old friend in a wooded area
near the Gonzalez home. Authorities don't know why the gun went off as the
boys were packing up to leave, Salazar said.
Eden was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Alice and later pronounced
"Through our interviews and investigations, it appears to us that this
was purely an accident," Salazar said.
It's the second shooting death of a juvenile in Freer in about as many
months. A 5-year-old Freer girl was killed Aug. 18 after being shot in the
chest by another child with an air rifle.
Word of Eden's death spread throughout the town of about 3,000, Salazar
said, with many local blogs displaying outpourings of grief and condolences.
"It's a small, close-knit community," Salazar said. "Everybody is in
shock. They had just gotten over the last shooting we had here."
Eden, an eighth-grader at Freer Junior High School, was a member of the
school's 4-H Club, and was known as an accurate marksman, Salazar said.
He won several awards at shooting competitions, he said.
Child Protective Services have been called to investigate the matter, as
is common when a juvenile is killed, a spokesman said.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic
Church. Burial will be in Hahl Memorial Cemetery.
Return to Hunting Accident Index
Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material
whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe
that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes
a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section
107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted
material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must
obtain permission from the copyright owner.