13-year-old killed in shooting, friend in custody

13-year-old killed in shooting, friend in custody

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis teen is dead after being shot by his friend.

Memphis police officers were called Hickory Trace Cove on Saturday night where a shooting took place..

Family members said Carl Fowler, 13, was playing basketball at a friend's house when he was accidentally shot.

Fowler was pronounced dead on the scene.

"They wouldn't let us come to the crime scene," Carl's sister Brittany Robertson said. "They wouldn't let us see him at all."

Robertson said they live around the corner and her brother often came to the house to play basketball.

"I just wanted to come see the crime scene," she said. "I wanted to see where my brother was last. I can't see him no more. This is all I got to come see."

Montez Carr, 13, has been charged with reckless homicide.

"I feel sorry for both families, really, because that was his best friend," Roberton said. "I don't know who killed him, but they were all friends. I don't think that was something that they tried to do."

Carl was an 8th grader at Kirby Middle School with hopes of playing in the NBA.

"He did everything he could to keep those grades up so he could play basketball," Robertson said.

Kirby Middle School shared its condolences on Facebook:

The school made grief counselors available Monday for students dealing with the tragic loss.

Carl's family said it hurts to realize he will never live out his dreams. Robertson has this message for anyone who wishes to play with guns.

"If you see a gun, turn it in, do not play with it because it's serious like that. You'll get killed behind it."

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