- And on a livestream video.
We always tell kiddos not to play with guns. Here is this very sad story.
The fatal shooting killed both cousins after one fatally shot the other, and then turned the gun on themself. The family members called it a “freak accident” that occurred during the birthday party in the St. Louis apartment Friday.
While livestreaming the party on Instagram at about 2:00 a.m., Paris Harvey, 12 and Kuaron Harvey, 14, were shot and killed. The cousins were attending the family party in celebration of a younger relatives’ birthdays for the month of March.
Investigations are ongoing, but police initially called it a “murder-suicide.”
St. Louis Police Department shared on social media a statement that said “We are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family of 12-year-old Paris Harvey and 14-year-old Kuaron Harvey who tragically passed away on 03/25/22.”
Shanise Harvey, 35, the mother of Paris said that she didn’t know who the gun belonged to, or how her daughter found it.
“They [were] making a video and she was playing with the gun, but it went off and hit him,” Harvey said. “To my knowledge, then she picked it up, she picked it up by the barrel, and it went off again… It was not a suicide. It was just a freak accident.”
The cousin’s grandmother saw the Instagram live video with the shooting, she said. “It wasn’t a situation where they were arguing or anything like that. They were playing with the gun, when they shouldn’t have been,” Dyson told the Dispatch. “Of course, they shouldn’t have been doing it. I think it just went off. It went off by mistake.”
Paris, one of nine children, was a funny seventh grader who loved getting her hair and nails done, and had a beautiful voice. Kuaron was described as a goofy eighth grader who had long been great a backflips.
RIP cousins, RIP.