A Tennessee community prepares to bury a girl allegedly killed by an 11-year-old boy over a puppy. The preteen shooter faces first-degree murder charges in the death of 8 year old MaKayla “BooBah” Dyer.
Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig told The Washington Post he fired at her from his house Saturday, killing the girl who was in her yard.The sheriff also told the paper the weapon used was his father’s 12-gauge shotgun, which he got from an unlocked closet.
The 11 year old is being held on a first-degree murder charge in a juvenile detention center. Richard Bean the center’s superintendent said the boy is the youngest held there on a murder charge in his 44-year career.
Bean described the child as “very tiny,” weighing about 55 pounds. He is currently in a regular “pod” that holds up to 16 other juveniles between ages 12 and 17.
McCoig said the incident began when the boy asked to see the girl’s puppy. According to the sheriff when she said no, the boy got a gun and shot her dead Saturday.
The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office will determine whether the boy should be tried as an adult. The boy’s public defender, Edward Miller, told CNN affiliate WATE is being detained until a hearing on October 28 and he declined to comment further.
As for the victim, MaKayla died three weeks after her 8th birthday. Her great-uncle Kenneth Norton told CNN “She was a lovable, little, adorable and typical 8-year old girl that enjoyed life and loved everybody. She didn’t know (any) strangers … and anytime that you were doing anything … she wanted to be a part of it.”
Makayla will be buried Thursday at 2 p.m. in Luttrell, Tennessee.
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