An 11-year-old boy who shot his 12-year-old friend during a sleepover in April has now been charged with manslaughter. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyron A. Calhoun, now 12, on Oct. 20. The girl, Ra’Mya Eunice died on May 25 after nearly a month of being brain dead, according to Jacksonville.com.
Eunice was sleeping on a couch when shot by the boy in his family’s Florida home. On Friday, police said the shotgun used was discovered underneath the home. Calhoun allegedly found the hidden gun, according to the Miami Herald.
Police said that the kids at the sleepover, including Eunice and Calhoun, were playfully arguing when Calhoun retrieved the gun, according to News4Jax. An affidavit states that Calhoun pointed the shotgun at everyone in the room, before aiming it at the sleeping girl.
“Say I won’t,” he allegedly dared his friends, according to News4Jax.
“You won’t,” someone reportedly replied. Then, gunfire. When police arrived, Eunice had suffered a bullet wound in her head.
One of Calhoun’s family members, who asked to remain anonymous, told WOKV, “this is a young man who got a lot going on in his life and then it just takes one thing to make him feel bad about himself.”
Terri Eunice, grandmother of the victim, told News4Jax that more should have been done to prevent the senseless death.
“I was devastated because why would a 12-year-old have a shotgun in their possession?” she said. “If you have a sleepover with several kids, why isn't there adult supervision in the home?”
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