A 11 year old boy has been charged with murder in the US state of Tennessee after having shot and killed McKayla Dyer, his neighbor, 8 years old, during a dispute over a puppy.
The girl was playing outside when the child asked her to see her puppy, her mother explained to the channel 6 News on Sunday testimony. The girl refused.
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According to Mrs Dyer, the boy “harassed” and “insulted” her daughter.
“He was making fun of her, calling her names, just being mean to her. I had to go to the principal about him and he quit for a while and then all of a sudden yesterday he shot her,” Ms Dyer told the BBC.
“She was a precious little girl. She was mommy’s girl. No matter how bad of a mood you were in, she could always make you smile.”
“I want her back in my arms,” she said.
The local sheriff’s Jefferson County, GW McCoig said at a press conference that the boy had been charged with murder and placed in a center of detention for minors. The sheriff has given no further details, saying that the authorities seek to “protect” the five other children in the house of the boy and the other two in that of the girl.
The debate over gun control has been revived in the United States after the shooting of 2 October on a campus University of Oregon, during which a young man of 26 was shot nine people. President Barack Obama has reiterated on Friday drama to castigate the “inaction” of elected officials to regulate more access to firearms.
According to the website Gun Violence Archive, 559 children under 11 were killed or wounded since the beginning of the year in the United States.