A 15-year-old boy from Parma was shot in the face by his cousin this weekend and died on Monday, Warren Township police chief Don Bishop announced. The "accidental" shooting that killed Jesse Hayes happened in rural Trumbull County on Saturday night, with his 28-year-old cousin pulling the trigger of a 12-gauge shotgun, telling police he didn't think it was loaded.
Per the Associated Press: "Bishop says the 28-year-old cousin told police he had been talking with Jesse about hunting and had a few beers. He was showing the boy a new shotgun when he pointed it at Jesse and pulled the trigger. He told police he didn't think it was loaded."
The Tribune Chronicle reported that Hayes was flown via medical helicopter to Cleveland's MetroHealth hospital.
According to a family member's posting on crowdfunding website gofundme.com, the child's family decided to take him off life support on Monday:
Jesse is a fun loving 15 yr old boy. His family is now dealing with the possibility of making funeral arrangements, and saying goodbye to a child. Jesse was shot in the head and is now on life support, the doctors say he will not recover from his injuries and is a matter of time for his body to shut down. Jesse's mother is now battling the worst decision of her life to pull the life support for her child. The family has no financial ability to pay for medical expenses or the funeral arrangements. Please help make this awful tragedy a little easier for the family in their time of need.
He was pronounced brain dead yesterday afternoon according to a Facebook post from a women identifying as the child's relative, who thanked everybody for their prayers, and said "I will never understand why this happened to my baby and I pray that justice for Jessie is done!"
The family is hoping to raise $10,000 for funeral costs using gofundme.com (click here to visit that page). So far, 18 people have raised $1,760.
Hayes was finishing his freshman year at Parma Senior High School, according to his Facebook page.