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Mother speaks out about 12-year-old who shot & killed her son

A Mid-South mother is voicing a strong opinion about the boy who shot and killed her 12-year-old son.

The mother of 12-year-old Tyrone Burns calls his death an "accident". She does not want his friend, the other 12-year-old boy, to be charged for killing her son.

Lucrettia Guy is living a nightmare, "I want him back, but I can't get him back," said Guy.

Her son was shot to death by his good friend 12-year-old Quaydarius Carpenter. Investigators said the two boys found a gun in a closet inside Carpenter's house.

The two started fighting over the gun and it went off. Police arrested Carpenter and charged him with reckless homicide.

"For somebody to be charging him with anything is outrageous, that's outrageous," Guy said.

Burns' mother wants the charges dropped against Carpenter. She added, "he was shaking, he was screaming, hollering and crying. He didn't mean to do that."

Guy said if anyone's responsible for what happened, it's Carpenter's father who owned the gun, "if you're going to charge somebody charge the daddy. He was the adult when it's all said and done," she said.

Investigators said the gun did not have a trigger lock on it, but information in the case states the gun was secured.

Guy said putting Carpenter behind bars will ruin his life.

"He's going to have to live this for the rest of his life. He's a 12-year-old baby, he's still a baby to me," Guy explained.

Meanwhile, Guy only has memories, pictures, and a tattoo on her right arm to remember her own baby.

"Whenever it starts to hit your mind, start praying. That's what I do. That's the only thing holding me up, to be able to sit here and talk to you right now. It's not me, it's God," said Guy.

According to the District Attorney's office, the investigation is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Carpenter was released on a secured bond to his mother.His court date is set for August 15th.

It will be up to a judge to decide if the charges against him will be dismissed.


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