Alatino “Lorenzo” Bolden was something of a protector.
The 18-year-old Spanaway man looked out for his friends, cared for his younger brother and sister and volunteered to help with his grandma.
Loved ones said Bolden would be most concerned now about the well-being of his best friend, Isaac Nettles, who was charged Monday with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Bolden.
Investigators believe the shooting was an accident.
Nettles pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released to his uncle’s supervision after posting $10,000 bail.
Nettles, also 18, recently bought a handgun and Saturday brought it to Bolden’s house to show him and a few other friends, according to court records.
Because he was under 21, Nettles was too young to buy the gun legally, sheriff’s investigators said.
Nettles emptied four rounds and pulled the trigger, not realizing a fifth was still inside the gun. The bullet struck Bolden in the head, killing him.
“I want everybody to know how much Isaac and Lorenzo were together,” said Talana Kornetzke, 17, who was friends with both men. “They were more than friends, they were like brothers.”
Bolden was supposed to travel to Louisville, Kentucky, with his grandmother this week for a family reunion.
He was working at a fast-food restaurant and hoped to play basketball in college, family members said.
Bolden graduated in June from Spanaway Lake High School.
“He was the perfect kid, the best kid you could ever want,” said his aunt, Nicole McAfee. “He was never one of those kids that got mad or upset. He was always outgoing, always smiling.”
Friends said Bolden would most be remembered for his smile and penchant for cracking jokes.
A GoFundMe account – bit.ly/1LjvKK8 – has been set up to help his family raise money for funeral expenses. By Tuesday afternoon, about $1,500 had been donated.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653