Teen charged in shooting death of East Ridge 16-year-old
East Ridge Police say a 15-year-old has been charged with reckless homicide after shooting 16-year-old Monserrate Ferrer. Ferrer died as a result of his injuries on Saturday.
The 15-year-old's great aunt, Kathy Sullivan, reported the incident to 911.
"I need an ambulance fast please. There was an accidental shooting," Sullivan told the dispatcher.
Sullivan told NewsChannel 9 the boys were friends and had spent the night at her house on Bennett Road.
She says the boys found the gun on the side of the road.
In a police report, the shooter stated he didn't know the weapon was loaded when he pointed it at the victim and shot him.
Ferrer's mother Norma doesn't believe the shooting was an accident.
"My son's fingerprints weren't found on that gun at all. So how was it accidental?," said Ferrer. "My son was asleep."
Ferrer wishes she could turn back time.
"If I would have just kept him home, he would have been here with me and I would have my child," she tearfully told NewsChannel 9.
Both boys were students at East Ridge High School. Faculty members have come together to provide food and collect donations for Ferrer's family.
There is also a gofundme page for his funeral expenses.You can find the link here.