A 13-year-old boy who died after being shot in the face by a friend near Lakewood has been identified as Alexander Demello.
He was shot Oct. 20 while walking in a wooded area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord with his 14-year-old brother and 17-year-old friend. He died Sunday after several days in the hospital.
The victim’s brother told investigators he heard a gunshot as they walked, looked back and saw his brother on the ground and the 17-year-old holding a gun.
The older boy ran off and shortly afterward gave a backpack containing bloody clothing and a handgun to a friend, charging papers state.
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He later told investigators he and the victim were passing the gun back and forth and it went off when he “fidgeted with it,” records show.
The 17-year-old was charged with third-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Deputy prosecutor Kevin Benton said charges have not been amended since Demello’s death and the 17-year-old will appear in court Dec. 1.
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