The family of a 16-year-old boy held a memorial Friday night just two days after he was accidentally killed while playing with a gun with a friend.
“We did everything together. Now it hurts me that he’s gone,” said friend Alex Terry.
Miami Police said William Pagan, 16, and Juan Acosta, 17, were playing with a gun when Acosta accidentally shot Pagan in the chest. Police said Acosta then ran from the scene, but was found a short time later and placed under arrest.
Acosta is now facing a manslaughter charge for the shooting.
“I know he did it by mistake and I know he’s probably sitting behind bars crying his life out,” Terry said.
While Acosta sits behind bars, Pagan’s family is planning his funeral and hoping that others will learn from what happened.
“He was family. He treated me like family. Like I lost a brother,” Alain Terry said. “It’s crazy cause it could’ve been me, it could’ve been my brother, but it was my other brother. That’s how I feel.”
More than 50 people showed up for Friday’s memorial. The one question no one has answered yet is where the gun that was used in the shooting came from.
In the end, the young men and women remember their friend and have a message for anyone thinking about messing with a firearm.
“Don’t play with guns because at the end of the day, a little .30, .38 destroyed his life, destroyed his life, he’s gone,” said Alain Terry.