18-year-old loses balance on hoverboard, shoots & kills 13-year-old cousin

Victim: Lavardo Fisher, 13 (pictured), died on Monday after being accidentally shot by his 18-year-old cousin Brandon LouisAuthorities in Florida say an 18 year old lost his balance on a hoverboard and accidentally shot his 13-year-old cousin in the back of the head.

The shooting happened Sunday in Orlando. Officials say Lavardo Fisher died Monday night.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Fisher was playing Xbox when he was shot by his cousin Brandon Louis, who allegedly found the gun hidden underneath a bed in the home. Another 18 year old cousin was also at the home at the time.

‘Somehow, one of the 18 year olds knew there was a gun, an unsecured gun, got a hold of the gun and there was some horse play the gun went off, striking the 13 year old in the head, tragically,’ said Jane Watrel with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. ‘It was absolutely tragic.’

An Orange County Sheriff’s Office incident report says Fisher wasn’t breathing when first responders arrived.

He was taken to the hospital in a critical condition and died late Monday.

Deputies say Louis and another cousin, Widmauer Morame, both 18, initially told deputies that a man named ‘Skeet’ came over to the house and accidentally fired the gun.

Brandon Louis, told investigators that he was playing on a hoverboard, clutching the gun, when he lost his balance and accidentally fired it - striking his younger cousin

After officers couldn’t locate the mysterious figure, the two young men copped to the accident.

‘I didn’t mean to shoot, it was an accident, the gun just went off,’ Louis told an investigator.

The 18 year old has yet to be charged with a crime, but police say they may press charges in the course of their investigation.

Three other mentally-challenged women were in the home at the time, but in a different room.

One of the women told investigators that after hearing a gunshot, one of the cousins said ‘What’s the plan?’

Both 18-year-old cousins had blood stains on their clothing when police showed up at the scene.

The gun is believed to have been owned by 35-year-old Walter Morame.

He wasn’t at the home when the shooting occurred but was arrested later Sunday on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon.

He was found guilty of committing battery on a law enforcement officer in 2006, and denied owning the gun. He denied owning the gun.

Fisher, who was an eighth-grade student at Ocoee Middle School, was remembered as a good kid who loved learning at school and playing football.

Just last year, he was named the Pop Warner All-American Scholar.

‘When you think of Lavardo, you think, “This is the kid I want my daughter to marry, this is the kid I want my daughter to go to prom with,”‘ Lo Wood, who coaches the victim’s football team, told the Orlando Sentinel. ‘He wash humble.’

Wood said he was shocked to hear the news of his death.

‘You think guns and you think negative – but that’s not Lavardo,’ he said.'”A lot of stuff starts at home and he had a great home and family. I can’t even fathom … it’s just crazy in this society.’

Source: The DailyMail

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