It all started over an argument about a messy room and a grandmother asking a boy to “pick up after himself.” It tragically ended with the murder of the grandmother and the suicide of the child.
The 11-year-old boy shot and killed his grandmother then shot himself on Saturday. The grandfather told detectives in Arizona that he and his 65-year-old wife asked their grandson to clean his room and “pick up after himself throughout the day.”
The grandfather shared that their grandson was being stubborn about such tasks. After giving the boy a reminder, the couple then settled on their living room couch to watch television.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Joaquin Enriquez narrated how the horrible crime happened based on the grandfather’s account. He said: “While doing so, the grandson came up behind them and shot (the grandmother) in the back of her head, with a handgun which belonged to the grandfather.”
The grandfather said he immediately ran after his grandson but decided to return to the living room for his wife. He told investigators that mere seconds later, he heard another gunshot and found his grandson taking a few steps before collapsing from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The grandfather said he then got his gun and called 911.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said the grandfather and his wife had full custody of the child.
Neighbors are utterly shocked with what happened, describing the three as a “nice family.” Walter Venerable said: “I knew the kid. I mean, he would ride his bicycle around, play around the neighborhood. It really hasn’t set in just yet. I mean this is a nice neighborhood, it’s really quiet, as you can see, it’s just a tragic, tragic thing.”
Enriquez said the investigation is ongoing. It’s not clear how the child got access to the grandfather's gun, and it is not yet certain if the grandfather is liable in any way.
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