A New Year’s Eve celebration turned deadly when a woman accidentally shot her brother in the head while posing with a gun for pictures they planned to post on the internet.
He was killed instantly. The incident happened at about 6 a.m. on Monday.
Savannah Ramirez, 19, and Manuel Ortiz came back to the home they shared after a night of drinking to celebrate the New Year. One of the two other individuals with the group pulled out the handgun and started taking photos with it.
As the 19-year-old posed and played around with the weapon it went off striking Ortiz in the head, according to ABC15.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is not known if the group knew the handgun was loaded.
Police say she has been questioned and released pending further investigation in the case.
Phoenix Police Sgt Steve Martos told reporters that the Ramirez would likely be charged with manslaughter, but only if tests conclude that there was alcohol in her system.
This isn’t the first time Ortiz and Ramirez posed with guns on Facebook. In fact, on both of their pages there are numerous photographs of guns and gang signs.
Family and friends are devastated.
One friend who wanted to remain anonymous said she would remember Ortiz as a “kind, funny guy he was.”
“He was a very close friend to everybody. He was just always there and it’s sad because one second he’s here and the other he’s not.”
“Every time he saw somebody sad or down he would be right there making jokes so you could be happy. Even if he was just having a hard time he was always there for someone,” said the friend.
What a sad way to start the year. We’re praying for their family.
SOURCE: Daily Mail