(CNN) – Instead of starting college a 19-year Houston man will be buried after accidentally killed himself Tuesday while taking selfies with a gun.
CNN reports the gun blast hit Deleon Alonso Smith in the throat. The teenager had two young children and was supposed to start attending college Wednesday. Smith’s sister said, “It’s just crazy how somebody could be here one minute. And in seconds, they gone.” She also said it wasn’t a suicide attempt.
Family members were shocked.
“It’s the worst feeling in my life,” Eric Douglas, the victim’s uncle said.
“It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable,” Smith’s grandmother Alma Douglas told the station. “Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and then to hear this kind of news.”
Investigator’s told CNN affiliate KPRC that Smith’s cousin was in another room at the time the gun went off.
The cousin told police they found the gun earlier in the day. They’re investigating.
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