Miami-Dade County, FL: A Miami-Dade County correctional officer’s 11-year-old son was accidentally shot and killed in front of his siblings this week by his older brother in a tragic accident.
The shooting was later ruled as an accident and no charges are expected to be filed.
The mother, Tiffany Calloway, a veteran correctional officer, legally owned the gun used in the tragic shooting. It was reported that the gun was properly stored but one of the four children who were present, ranging from age 8 to 15, gained access to the weapon. Her 21-year-old son was also present but stepped outside to move his car.
It was later reported by authorities that the 13-year-old was able to remove the weapon, and during the handling of the gun, accidentally fired it, shooting the 11-year-old.
Tiffany Calloway is a single mother who works very hard to provide for her children- this is just a tragic, unfortunate accident- and every parents worst nightmare.
As estimated 1,300 children are killed every year by an accidental shooting, however, often one or both parents are often held accountable for failing to properly store and maintain the weapon and sometimes the weapon is illegally possessed, both could lead to criminal charges.
But not in this case.
In an interview with local news media, the grieving mother, who didn’t want to show her face and could barely get her words out as she was holding a blanket and crying uncontrollably (which is understandable), told the media:
“My gun was secured, and I always teach my kids about gun violence and not to touch this gun or anything like that. But anything could happen, so I always secure my weapon.”
In another very emotional and clearly distraught statement, the mother told local news:
“Whenever I come home from work and I was tired, he would be like… ‘momma, do you need anything’. He would always tell me that.”
A neighbor was also interviewed by the local media and provided much more disturbing detail as she was able to hear everything.
The neighbor told the media that she heard a single gunshot, followed by the screams of children yelling ‘help.’ As a neighbor and friend to the family, with children of her own, she immediately ran over to the apartment to help.
According to a local column:
“‘I heard a noise, and then I heard kids screaming, ‘Help,’ said the neighbor, who asked not to be identified. The neighbor, who was home with her young daughter, said she immediately rushed over to help.
‘I called 911. I went inside the house. The baby was there, blood everywhere,’ she said. The neighbor said she tried to resuscitate Burse.
‘I proceeded to do CPR, mouth-to-mouth, until he stopped breathing, and that’s when I just stopped,’ she said.”
The 11-year-old boy was airlifted to a local hospital but was pronounced dead.
Losing a child is among one of the most distressing, troubling experiences a parent can go through. No matter how much precautions parent take, how much preparedness is involved, tragic accidents happen.
Calloway’s department has been supportive and released a statement requesting that the family be given some privacy as they cope and grieve over the loss of a sweet and innocent boy.
Now, Calloway’s focus has shifted to properly bury her child. In a statement she provided on the GoFundMe page set up to help the family, she stated:
“As a mother, I am pleading with you to help me bury my baby. This is the very last thing I can do for him and I’m hoping you all can help. With tears streaming down my face and a heart filled with pain, I thank you in advance for anything that you can do to help.”
And we can and must help. Not just for the burial expenses for the boy, but also to help future costs of counseling for the siblings, especially the 13-year-old boy who must now live with what has happened.
Although no amount of money will ever replace the tragic loss of a young son, it will still provide a bit of relief to the family so they can focus on mourning the loss and picking up the pieces of their lives.
Please consider donating to Tiffany Calloway and her family, and share the story to help out the donation efforts.