A teenage boy identified as Martaevious Santiago, has ‘accidentally’ shot dead his 13-year-old sister, after she hugged him on his birthday, police say.
According to The Sun UK, the 17-year-old who was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, pleaded that he shot her by mistake at their home in Florida City near Miami.
The suspect’s stepdad, Vernon Williams said the family are struggling to come to terms with what he said was a freak accident.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I’m sorry. It was an accident. I’m sorry, Dad'”, Vernon told WSVN 7 News as he revealed how Martaevious told him of the shooting.
Distressed Vernon added: “I can’t fault anyone for this here. It happened.”
The police said Martaevious pointed a loaded semi-automatic handgun at Tedra King as she walked away and pulled the trigger, killing her. He called police after the shooting and said he had accidentally shot his sister.
The 17-year-old told the police he got the gun from a 14-year-old friend, who has also been arrested.