Girl, 12, shoots cousin dead and then kills herself on Instagram live streamMarch 27, 2022
A YOUNG girl, 12, is believed to have killed her 14-year-old cousin before taking her own life during a family party, say cops.
The tragic incident was streamed on Instagram Live as the pair, who were later identified as Paris Harvey and Kuaron Harvey, were making a video together.
St Louis Police Department initially listed the incident as a murder-suicide after the deaths occurred at around 2am on Friday morning.
But Paris’ devastated mother, Shinise Harvey, labelled the shooting as a “freak accident.”
She told KDSK: “Everybody was getting together to celebrate, and so the younger kids, they got a bed and breakfast.”
“They were making a video, and (Paris) was playing with the gun, but it went off and hit him.”
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“(Paris) dropped the gun, and it fell, and it went off, to my knowledge.”
“And then when she picked it up, she picked it up by the barrel and it went off. That’s all I know … It was not a suicide. It was just a freak accident.”
The two children had reportedly entered the bathroom together to film the live broadcast in the mirror.
They were both attendance at a family get together to celebrate March birthdays at the Cupples Station Loft Apartments.
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Shinise said she didn’t know how her daughter winded up getting her hands on the firearm or who it belonged to.
“With all that family there, they should have basically made sure she was OK,” she said. “Everybody should have stuck with somebody.”
According to St Louis Post Dispatch, the tragic broadcast showed the girl reaching for the gun after shooting her cousin.
Family members claim she accidentally set off the gun twice.
Both children were reportedly shot in the head and were found dead at the scene.
On Saturday, the St Louis Police Department formally released their identities as they issued a statement of condolence.
They posted on Facebook: “We are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family of 12-year-old Paris Harvey and 14-year-old Kuaron Harvey who tragically passed away on 3/25/22.”
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Two GoFundMe fundraisers have been since set up as an investigation into their deaths continue.
One has been listed in Paris’ name, the other in Kuaron's.
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