Tupelo, Mississippi, USA: Dijonae White, a 13 year old Tupelo, Mississippi teen girl, died Sunday evening after being shot by her 9 year old brother for refusing to cede a video game controller. The girl was rushed to Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, where Coroner Alan Gurley said she died at 6:45 pm Sunday evening.
Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell confirmed the girl died at the hospital from her injuries. Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says deputies responded to the scene around 1 p.m. on Saturday.
There they learned the boy grabbed a .25 caliber handgun when the teenage girl would not give up the video game controller. He shot her at the back of the head. Sheriff Cantrell says the bullet went through the girl’s brain.
Their mother was in another room feeding lunch to other kids when it happened. Sheriff Cantrell said they aren’t sure how the boy was able to access the gun.
Sheriff Cantrell also confirmed the victim was Dijonae White. She was a student at Tupelo Middle School.
This case is under investigation. Sheriff Cantrell says he does not know what consequences the boy faces. He adds he has never had a case where a child shoots another child in that manner. We aren’t sure if the boy is in custody or not.
Authorities said they do not yet know how the firearm used in the shooting had been accessed. It also remained unclear whether the children’s parents would face any consequences.
The Tupelo Public School District, TPSD, Superintendent says Dijonae White was in the 8th grade at Tupelo Middle School. He says extra counselors are available for students during this tragic time.
Dijonae White’s pastor said she attended Life Culture Ministry and intended to start playing the drums on Sundays.
Tupelo – the birthplace of Elvis Presley who is commemorated with numerous statues – is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi.
The is just one week before major “March for Our Lives” protests scheduled for Saturday, March 24, in Washington and elsewhere. On March 24, students are expected to amass in Washington and other cities for the March for Our Lives coordinated by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group backed by Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor.
More walkouts are planned on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. The marches are meant to press for gun control after the Florida school shooting.