At this time almost 32 years ago, I was stationed in Ft Riley Kansas. One evening I got a call from my Commander, who notified me that my sixteen year-old brother had been killed. He and a couple of his pals were in the house, one of them got a hold of my dad's .22 caliber Derringer and accidentally shot/killed him.
As long ago as it was, it still is fresh in my mind.
This becomes especially true when stories like this are reported.
Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter said 16-year-old Carson Wallace and his younger brother had been having a snowball fight in the family's yard just before the shooting.
Carter said they ran into the garage and the 14-year-old picked up a shotgun there, thinking it was unloaded. He aimed it at his older brother Carson and pulled the trigger.
Carson was shot in the stomach and later died during emergency surgery at Methodist Hospital.
Sheriff Carter knows the family and says the 14-year-old boy looked at Carson "as his hero."
Carter said the two boys were avid hunters and that both had been trained in gun safety.
Even after all these years, it still makes me sick. But even so, the gun did not shoot anyone. The human that made the fatal error did.
This is a sad situation to be sure. Not only is the young man gone from this life, the family stands a good chance of thorough collapse after the initial trauma begins to wear off. I know mine did.
Even though I was out on my own seeing the world, it was never the same afterward.