Special to SEGAZINE
Family and friends of Montrez Borroughs are still coming to terms with what happened.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet, but it hits the family. But it’s like it’s not real,” said Borroughs’ cousin, Denisha Coppock.
Friday night, Savannah police say Borroughs, 11, was shot and killed by his 12-year-old nephew. They say the boys were playing with a gun, when it fired, hitting Borroughs in the chest. The victim’s family members says they do not believe any adults were around at the time.
His aunt, Shaleena Hamilton, said, “I think the parent and the child need to be charged. Because you have to take charge of your household and you have to be responsible for what goes on in your house.”
Action News has learned that Borroughs was from Savannah, but had recently moved to Jacksonville with his mother. His family says he was a student at Pinedale Elementary School on the Westside. He was in Savannah for a weekend visit.
The 12-year-old suspect has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18. He is being held in a juvenile detention facility.
As of right now, the child is the only person charged in Borroughs’ death. We’re working to find out how the kids got a hold of the gun, and who it belonged to, and if any adults will be charged.