A 9-year-old Las Vegas boy was killed by a stray bullet while watching SpongeBob.
Two young brothers were wounded – one fatally – by a stray bullet that went through a wall and into their family’s Las Vegas apartment while watching “SpongeBob SquarePants” last week.
Sir Armani Clarke, 9, was sitting on the couch watching a children’s cartoon with his brother Honor Tate, 6, when a bullet hit a wall and killed him on March 10, FOX 5 reports.
“If I could take that bullet for them, I would. I’d rather they live without their mom than lose their lives,” said their mother, Justine Tate, of FOX 5.
The bullet hit SirArmani in the head, shattered, and hit Honor in the leg.
Hearing the shot, their family ran in from another room.
“We jump out of bed and run to the living room. We heard Honor sob. No sound from Armani… He doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t answer me. All I can see at this moment is how my child’s head falls and falls to the side, ”Justine recalled, crying.
“My child got shot in the head,” Justine exclaimed.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, SirArmani was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he died, while Honor is expected to recover from his injuries.
Justine and Mariel Collins had just moved their family to Las Vegas from Reno to Justine’s job about a week before the shooting.
The grieving parents said they knew Honor would still struggle to get through the tragedy and grow up without her older brother.
“My kids don’t deserve any of this! Honor must move on after seeing the most traumatic thing a six year old can imagine,” Justine wrote on her GoFundMe page while raising money for SirArmani’s funeral.
She told FOX 5 about her youngest son, “My child is so traumatized. He doesn’t want to leave the house. Yesterday, when I went to treat his wounds, he immediately said: “Mom, I want Armani.”
The neighbor responsible for the stray bullet was arrested after the shooting.
Authorities did not release his name, but confirmed that he was a convicted felon who should not have had access to a gun.
“He’s out there showing off a gun, and then he pulls the trigger of a gun, kills one child and hospitalizes another,” Clark County Sheriff Kevin McMahill told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
It is not yet clear what charges will be brought against the neighbor.
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