A Decatur (Ala.) High football player is dead after his stepmother accidentally shot him in the head with a .380-caliber pistol, according to multiple reports out of Alabama.
Kedrick Bowman Jr., 17, died Monday after a single fatal gunshot struck him in the head as he hugged his stepmother, Cynthia Bowman, who was holding a handgun that had fired without pressing the trigger on two previous occasions, according to the Decatur Daily.
No charges are expected to be filed, AL.com reported, as witnesses reportedly corroborated the stepmother's account that it was an accident. The Bowman family has been open about the incident in hopes of being transparent about the events.
"This is the worst thing that a parent can go through right here," Kedrick's father, Dale Bowman, told the Decatur Daily outside his home. "(We) ask that people stop putting rumors out. We just want our respect and time to get through this."
Dale and Cynthia Bowman told the local paper that the gun had fired randomly six months ago while resting on their bedroom dresser -- at which point they reportedly contacted police and returned the weapon to the store where they acquired it.
According to the Bowmans, the store allegedly repaired a faulty spring, replacing the magazine, but the gun fired again randomly as Cynthia carried it at her side from her car to their home around midnight on Monday.
That's when Kedrick reportedly hugged his mother, asking, "What was that pop?"
"He would always hug me when I came in," Cynthia Bowman told the Decatur Daily through tears. "I should have put it down. It just happened so fast."
Kedrick Bowman was a junior wide receiver for the Red Raiders who dreamed of playing for the University of Alabama. His teammates are reportedly scheduled to serve as pallbearers at his funeral this weekend.
"He was the kind of student who made you want to come into work," Decatur football coach Jere Adcock told WAAY-TV. "If you were in your office, and he would walk by, he would tell you good night or he would stick his head in there and speak to you. He was just that kind of young man that you really cherish having in your program."
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