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Family grieves after boy shot and killed


A family is grieving the loss of an 11-year-old boy who police say died after he was shot by a 12-year-old. Family members of Montrez Burroughs are upset because they have yet to receive any type of apology.  

A 12-year-old is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, but it was not his gun. When WTOC's Elizabeth Rawlins spoke to the victim's family Saturday afternoon, they said they were frustrated because they had not even heard from the person who actually owned the gun.

"No one from the family came to sympathize with his mother or grieve with her," said the victim's aunt, Shaleena Hamilton.  

Burroughs was in Savannah visiting family for the weekend, but little did they know, he would never leave. Family members say he was shot and killed by his nephew at his brother's house.  

"It happened so fast," said the victim's cousin, Denisha Coppock.

Not only were Burroughs and his nephew close in age, family members say they were like playmates. But on Friday, they got into the wrong kind of play. At first they were seen with just a toy gun.

"So, he knew the difference between play and real," said Hamilton.  

But, then they got a hold of the real thing. No adults were home when it happened, and now they want answers.

 "It just doesn't make sense," said Hamilton.

Burroughs was a fifth grader who recently moved to Jacksonville. However, he grew up in Savannah playing football, and attended Brock Elementary School.

"He was real loving, caring, liked to run and play ball," said Hamilton.  

Now, as they hold onto their precious memories, they hope others can at least learn from this tragedy.

"[I hope] parents will educate their children," said Hamilton. "Tell them the do's and don'ts."

Funeral arrangements have not been scheduled. The 12-year-old boy is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, and possession of a firearm. He is currently being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

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