Two young cousins are dead after a horrific incident occurred during an Instagram Livestream while playing with a gun.
According to NBC News, the incident happened in Missouri at around 2 am on Friday (local time).
St Louis Metropolitan Police Department has identified the children as 12-year-old Paris Harvey, and her 14-year-old cousin Kuaron Harvey, both from St Louis.
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Paris and Kuaron were pronounced dead at the scene and the police have deemed the incident to be a murder-suicide, though the family says it was a tragic accident.
Shinise Harvey, Paris’s mother, told KSDK the family was together to celebrate and Paris and Kuaron were making a video for Instagram, while Paris played with a gun.
(Paris) dropped the gun, and it fell, and it went off to my knowledge. And then when she picked it up, she picked it up by the barrel and it went off,” she said according to KSDK.
“That’s all I know … It was not a suicide. It was just a freak accident.”
Ms Harvey told the news station she did not know who owned the gun and she did not know how her daughter got a hold of it.
Susan Dyson, Paris’s grandmother said Paris and Kuaron were raised together and said the two were not arguing at the time of the incident.
“They were playing with the gun when they shouldn’t have been. Of course, they shouldn’t have been doing it,” Ms Dyson told the St Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I think it just went off. It went off by mistake.”
On social media, St Louis Metropolitan Police Department paid tribute to the children.
“We are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family of 12-year-old Paris Harvey and 14-year-old Kuaron Harvey who tragically passed away on 3/25/22,” the police said.