CLEVELAND — The family of a Cleveland boy facing juvenile charges in connection with the shooting death of his younger brother is pleading for leniency in the case.
The family of ten-year-old Cameron Roberts shared a picture of Cameron arm-in-arm with his 13-year-old brother, Chris, to show how close they were.
Their aunt, Yvonne Davis, told Fox 8 News, “They loved each other, Chris and Cameron. My brother’s keeper, Chris is his brother’s keeper.”
Cleveland police said Chris Roberts was handling a gun inside the family’s home on Dove Avenue on Monday morning when it went off and struck Cameron in the stomach.
He later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.
A memorial outside the home is one indication of how Cameron had influenced the people around him in his short life.
“He just enjoyed everybody, he was helpful,” said Davis. “He just was a loving kid, and his brother was, too.”
Chris Roberts is facing juvenile charges that include involuntary manslaughter and illegal discharge of a weapon, but the family is adamant that he should not be prosecuted.
Their belief is that the boys’ mother has already lost one son and cannot bear the thought of his brother suffering any more than he already has.
“He would never hurt him, and he shouldn’t be prosecuted, and our family is going through a lot right now and we just need time to grieve,” said Davis.
As the family now tries to find a way to pay for Cameron’s funeral, police are focusing their investigation on the history of the gun and how it ended up in the hands of a 13-year-old.