Community mourns loss of 13-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting

Image Courtesy: Glen Crain

4 arrested in connection to shooting including 14-year-old boy

Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 9:00pm

One teenager is dead another behind bars after Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies say one teen accidentally shot the other.

Investigators say 13-year-old Christian Crain died from a gunshot to the head.

Lt. Col. Bobby Webre reported that deputies responded to a call in the 14000 block of Oak Meadow Street in Prairieville. When they arrived they learned that a 13-year-old had been shot in the head while playing in a bedroom with two other teens. Throughout the investigation it was learned that the gun used, a dark colored revolver style 38 special revolver was stolen from a vehicle in a nearby neighborhood a few days prior to the shooting.

A 14-year-old in the home confessed to accidentally shooting Crain and disposing of the gun in the backyard of the residence. He also confessed to smoking marijuana prior to the shooting, and marijuana was located in the room where Crain was found.

The juvenile was booked into the St. James Detention Center on charges of negligent homicide, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, and possession of a handgun by a minor.

Those who knew crain were devastated.

"I know his family needs prayer, and I'm looking up on him right now," Harold Friedley,Jr., Crain's friend, said.

Avere York, also knew Crain, he told FOX44 he's still in shock. "I'm hurt like I just seen him yesterday evening before all of this happened," said York. "It's painful,depressing and hurtful."

Crain's friends describe him as a fun loving kid who liked to ride bikes and play basketball.

"He came over here almost everyday to shoot (hoops). He was good," York stated.

"He was a real cool little kid. He used to come in the house play video games with me. He would come in the house hold the snakes. We'd chill all day and just relax," Friedley explained. "we'd just done the craziest things you could imagine for a kid to do."

The news of Crain's death rocked the normally quiet neighborhood.

"We thought it was fireworks," York said. "A firework wouldn't be that loud but kind of knew it was a gun shot. "

"We've never had a shooting in this neighborhood before. We've had a lot of drama and cops and all that, but never actually a shooting," Friedley stated.

Friedley had a hard time believing when he heard the story: "I mean they make up lies down this road. I had to make sure it was true, so I was going to wait till today and I was going to find out something. I found out today that it was true."

There were three adults home during the incident that were also arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.
Judy Himel, 44, Danielle Gaudin, 25, and Devin Himel, 18 were booked and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

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