Family of 12-year-old shot in head are no strangers to tragedy

RALEIGH, Tenn. — WREG has uncovered new details about the family of a 12-year-old Raleigh child shot in the head.

Someone shot that boy and a 16-year-old last week. Police and family are not releasing the 12-year-old’s name, but family friends showed WREG the home where he lives with his grandmother.

It’s also the house where they say the child watched his mother die six years ago. Neighbors describe it as a house of heartbreak.

“It’s very sad,” family friend Betty Smith said.

Last week, the 12-year-old boy who lives there was shot in the head. He was taken to LeBohner in critical condition.

The 16-year-old who was shot has been released from the hospital.

Police arrested two other teens, A’King George and Cameron Gates, for the shootings.

“What is the world coming to? The end,” Smith said, shaking her head. “That’s what it looks like to me.”

Six years ago, family friends tell WREG another tragedy overtook the boy’s home in the 3800 block of Spring Water.

“The kid’s momma got killed out there in the yard,” Smith said.

Smith said the woman’s boyfriend shot and killed her, and the children in the home watched it happen.

“Those kids saw it and are scarred from that,” she said.

It’s more than any family should ever have to endure. But neighbors and friends say all they can do now is focus on the present and pray for a child still fighting for his life.

“I pray that he does make it,” Smith said. “I really do.”

The last update WREG received from police said the child is still in critical condition.


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