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Tragedy Strikes – 14 YO Alexis Shot and Killed by Friend

Last week a 14-year-old girl died of a single gunshot wound. Sadly, the events of this incident are not much different from others we routinely read about. But I feel it necessary to write about each incident I come across to remind anyone who comes to our site that our actions have consequences.

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Unintentional Homicide of Alexis —

Around 10 PM on Tuesday, April 5th, two girls aged 10 and 15 walked to their friend’s house. At home were the 14-year-old victim, identified as Alexis Sky Pierson, and her 10-year-old brother.

Alexis’ friends brought two guns with them to her house. According to an ABC 7 News report, the four children went into a bedroom after reaching Alexis’ house. The children placed the guns on a bed, and at some point, one of the children picked up one of the guns. One of the children pointed it at Alexis and pulled the trigger, thinking it was unloaded.

The bullet entered Alexis’ head, just below her left eye.

When paramedics arrived, they found Alexis dead in the bedroom. Hancock County Sheriff said they believe Alexis immediately died from the gunshot wound.

Alexis Sky Pierson

Reflect on the incident —

Suppose you could take a moment to pause and reflect on the following question. What do you feel when you read a story like this?

You’re angry, heartbroken, and tearful if you’re like me.

So what is our response?

I pray we don’t harden our hearts so that we don’t truly grasp the gravity of a child’s death and the lasting effects for every person remotely close to the incident.

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There is an assumption that the guns involved belonged to the parents of one or two of the children, and they obtained them because they weren’t properly stored. I haven’t been able to find a news report to confirm if this is true. Regardless, I hope this incident calls us to search our firearm storage practices for any deficiencies.

But I think there is an even more profound lesson that this story should remind us of. We must be intimately involved in all that our children learn and do and with whom they hang out. So even if you teach your children about safe gun handling, encourage them to have the courage to walk away if they encounter something that you’ve told them is wrong.

Details are lacking in this story, but it’s not uncommon for a child who knows gun safety to remain in a group where a child who doesn’t know about guns is playing with a firearm. Unfortunately, bullets are not respecters of training, and the child who knows how to handle a gun is sometimes the victim.

Who is to blame —

When tragedy strikes, we naturally want to find someone to blame. There is a time and place for that. However, I’m not interested in assigning blame to a person. Instead, I just wanted to pull some general lessons we can apply to ourselves. Were there things that someone could have done to prevent what happened? Perhaps. And that’s the point of this article. We should never shy away from a call for safe and responsible gun ownership.

I don’t know any more than what reporters have published. As of now, the police haven’t arrested any adult in connection with the shooting.

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I’ll leave you with some words from Alexis’ great-grandmother. She described Alexis as an angel who loved her family and had the biggest heart.

She’s been special since she was little. I can’t really describe what it was about her. It’s like she just shined with love. There was just something about her that you knew that she was special.

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  1. Dave on April 13, 2022 at 10:37 am

    The responsibility of parents is to keep your children safe and protected. While it can be a challenge at times it’s a prerequisite of life. This includes all forms of teaching safety and what to do when confronted by others that may not of had the same drilled into them.

    If you teach children from the time they can stick a fork in a power outlet on it will be ingrained into their behavior. Being from a gun household from day one our Dad & Mom drilled us constantly on safety and proper handling of many things but firearms were always a focus obviously.

    So many parents avoid difficult topics thinking their kids won’t have to worry about it. This is a perfect example of why you do.

    • Michael on April 14, 2022 at 1:57 am

      That’s all well and good . Yes we should teach our children safety. But as you well know; children do dumb things , even when they know better. Peer pressure, the feeling of wanting to fit in or their feeling of invincibility. It is up to us to protect them the best we can. Except for my daily carry, all my firearms have been rendered inoperable. The bolts or slides have been removed and stored separately. Yeah it is a pain. But a little inconvenience for me is better than burying a child acting like a child.

  2. Robert on April 13, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I absolutely agree with Dave, not only must we teach our children the dangers of firearms and the safe practices that must be adhered to, they must also be taught that when in dangerous situations, teach them what to do. Whether that be taking the firearm so no one gets hurt, or at least getting away from the person that doesn’t know what they’re doing. My children have told adults to “ Point that in a safe direction or put it down”. I couldn’t imagine the pain of losing my child that way, by careless gun handling. We all know they should be locked up if they’re not on our hip. Period. God help comfort her family.

  3. Caleb954 on April 14, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    If you own a firearm, know where it at all times!!!! If it is not on your person then it is locked up.

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