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Hephzibah mother mourns son, 10, who was fatally shot

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:59 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 28, 2012 2:33 AM
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In the middle of Plantation Acres Mobile Homes is a field. Placed in the middle of the field Tuesday evening was a small folding table.

People look at pictures of Hunter Morris at a rally and vigil at Plantation Acres Mobile Homes where the 10-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday afternoon.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
People look at pictures of Hunter Morris at a rally and vigil at Plantation Acres Mobile Homes where the 10-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday afternoon.


On the table were two pictures that told a story of a protective big brother. In one, he smiles as his little sister sleeps on his shoulder. In the second, he stands behind his little brother, both arms across the younger boy’s chest.

That older brother, 10-year-old Hunter Morris, was shot and killed Monday by his 12-year-old friend, police said.

More than 300 people showed up to that field Tuesday for a rally and vigil and to pay their respects to a young life lost.

“We have to unite around this family and take a stand against violence,” organizer Annettea Mills said.

At 5:15 p.m. Monday, Richmond County deputies were called to the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road, Plantation Acres, in response to gunshots, with the possibility that someone was wounded. What they found was Hunter’s body in the yard. He had been shot in the head.

Police have called it an accident. Sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said the 12-year-old, who has not been identified, got hold of his parents’ gun and waved it around the home, pulling the trigger several times before it discharged, striking Hunter in the head. The 12-year-old has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and pointing a firearm.

At the event, put on by Mills’ Save Our Students – a coalition of parents, teachers and community members committed to stopping violence involving young people – friends, family and neighbors flocked to the field to see the pictures of the young boy who had been playing video games the day before.

“They were playing Xbox games when it happened,” said Hunter’s mother, Nicole Jones, just before breaking down into tears.

She quietly fussed around the small table, rearranging the flowers and candles, moving the brown and yellow teddy bears, taking the pictures of her son from the top of the table to be propped up on the ground so Hunter’s face was more visible to the crowd.

Mills, who lost her 19-year-old nephew to a shooting in March 2011, said she knows what Jones is going through.

“All I got left is a picture,” she said. “Just like this mama. She is going through those mama emotions right now.”

Mills and Jones also had a message for the crowd.

“Lock the guns up,” Jones said. “If you need them for protection, get an alarm.”

Mills said Save Our Students has a similar message for the community – guns have to be locked up where kids cannot get their hands on them.

Jones held her younger son tight while Kenny Stevens, who says he ministers to the homeless in downtown Augusta, said a prayer for her and her family.

“What happened last night wasn’t an accident,” he said. “It was up to God.”

“Amen,” came Jones’ tearful response.

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rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 03/27/12 - 08:39 pm
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Would a loving and caring God

Would a loving and caring God inflict that kind of pain and suffering on a family? What happened was a tragedy of great proportion, and left an empty spot in this family and their hearts that will never be filled. As the years pass, the pain will subside, and be replaced by special memories of this young man, but his place in the family will always be there. God did not allow this to happen, but God will strengthen and support the family during this very difficult time.

cytoranger
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cytoranger 03/27/12 - 10:24 pm
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i agree RM. Free wii , satan

i agree RM. Free wii , satan and man himself by his very nature wii cause such anguish and tagedy, in times such as this ,God in filling you with love, comfort and the strenght to get out of be one more, eat a little, leave that sad place, sometimes as in our case home, to catch some salt air, or hear the call of nature. be ye still and wait on the word and comfort only the trinity can give. God bless you and yours

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/28/12 - 06:29 am
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This was the result of FREE

This was the result of FREE WILL, God's gift to us, NOT the result of God's will. And it is a huge tragedy. The loss of this beloved boy will not hurt less as time passes; it will only hurt less often. We lost someone important to us, even if we didn't know him.

I wish people, especially those who believe they represent and even speak for the Almighty, understood the difference between free will and God's will. Even simply reading the Bible would clear that up. Even though He can redeem every tragedy, it is NEVER God's will for us to kill each other or for children to die; it is because there is Evil and darkness in the world--which is not of God--and because men have loved the darkness more than the Light.

slapout
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slapout 03/28/12 - 08:00 am
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Its not about gods will or

Its not about gods will or wii or whatever you want to call it its about parents not being able to properly raise their kids to know right from wrong because dhr wont let them look at it this way you cant spank or whip your child any more because dhr says if you do youll go to jail well thats the problem who knows better dhr or the parents since dhr is not around all the time I would say the oarents know better how to rise a child or should know just whip the kids traighten them out give them a quarteter and tell them if they want to call and tell some one they got a whippin then when they get done telling them them whip their butts again I did and it broke them from running and telling I garanteer you if you warm the seat of their pants up a few times theyll think twice next time

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/28/12 - 08:24 am
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i found this under a heading
Unpublished

i found this under a heading "weapons related georgia code." O.C.G.A. § 16-3-1
Minimum age

A person shall not be considered or found guilty of a crime unless he has attained the age of 13 years at the time of the act, omission, or negligence constituting the crime.
also, shouldn't the gun owner be charged? why does this never happen? the swimming pool mom got charged and the nap guy whose kid snuck out got charged. when has an owner of a gun used by a kid to kill a kid been charge round here? we lock up the kids it looks like. http://www.georgiapacking.org/GaCode/?title=16&chapter=3&section=1

allhans
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allhans 03/28/12 - 06:29 pm
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How did the boy get the

How did the boy get the loaded gun. Someone is guilty in this matter.
Then we have at 12 year old who doesn't know better than to play with a gun, loaded or not?, I don't think so...
How awful for the poor little 10 year...

deh
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deh 03/31/12 - 02:21 pm
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I'm sorry you lost your son

I'm sorry you lost your son and brother. But I would like to keep my children alive and when your family and friends left the funeral in Harlem they drove down our street like it was a drag strip. We keep our kids in the back yard, because of this and there is a speed limit. And im talking specifically about he black ford with 2 people in the back yelling and laughing like they just left a party and going too fast and the primed acura with the guy driving.

mybubbalova
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mybubbalova 04/12/12 - 04:03 pm
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LOOK HERE IM HIS MOM MS OR MR

LOOK HERE IM HIS MOM MS OR MR DEH KISS MY [filtered word] I JUST BUIRED MY SON AND I CANT HELP WHAT THEY DID BUT I DARE YOU HAVE THE NERVE JUST REMEMBER KARMA CAN BE A [filtered word] KEEP THAT IN MIND THE SPEED LIMIT IS 35 TO 45 IN HARLEM WITH POLICE EVERYWHERE OK SO THEY COULD NOT BEEN GOING THAT FAST AND AGIAN U KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE WAS ALOT OF PPL HURT EMOTHIONALLY THAT DAY NOT TO MINCHEN POLICE WERE THERE SO SEEMS TO ME NOTHING WENT WRONG I DARE YOU

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