Pembroke Pines

Boy Killed by Family Member in Accidental Shooting at Pembroke Pines Home

Police say the firearm was discharged accidentally due to negligence and mishandling

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A boy was killed by a family member at a Pembroke Pines home Saturday night in what police believe was an accidental shooting.

The shooting happened just before 6:30 p.m. at a home inside the Coconut Reef community at 180th Avenue and Southwest 12th Street.

Pembroke Pines Police officials said the woman was handling a firearm inside of the home when it was unintentionally discharged, fatally shooting the boy.

He was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, where police said he died despite all life-saving efforts.

The woman and boy are family members, according to PPPD.

A soccer coach identified the boy as 15-year-old Achilles Lopez, who was a member of the Miramar United Elite FC. Police have not confirmed the boy's age and name.

"Our hearts are heavy as we acknowledge how much your soul means to us," the club wrote on Facebook. "We are thankful for the times that we shared on and off the field."

All parties involved in the incident were cooperating with detectives, officials said.

Police wanted to remind the public to educate themselves on safely handling and securing firearms at all times.

This investigation remains ongoing.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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