An eight-year-old boy from the village of Samamea, Fagaloa, is likely to be charged with murder following an incident where a 5-year-old was killed on Wednesday night.
The boy, whose name is withheld, has been in Police custody since the incident.
His uncle who owns the gun, Ieti Leausa, has also been taken in for questioning.
Speaking to the Weekend Observer at his Samamea home yesterday, the boy’s father, Pita Leausa said the incident that led to the death was tragic.
The deceased boy, whose name is also withheld, is Mr Leausa’s nephew who was visiting from New Zealand. He came with his mother for White Sunday.
Recalling what happened, Mr Leausa said his brother took his son and his nephew in the woods to shoot some pigeon and collect coconuts for dinner.
On their way home, Ieti left the loaded gun under a tree while he was looking for a stick to carry the coconuts.
“My brother turned away for less than a minute then the next minute he heard a gunshot,” explained Mr. Leausa. “The children were fighting over the gun when it happened.”
The deceased boy was shot on the face.
Mr. Leausa said the distance from where the incident happened to his brother was about five meters. He said he carried the body of his nephew home that night.
The grieving family is saddened about the death of the child.
What’s more, they are horrified about the possibility of Mr Leausa’s son being charged with murder.
Asked how the family is coping, the mother of the 8-year-old, Pafuti Pita burst into tears.
“He didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” she said.
The incident has caused the family heartache, she said.
MrLeausasaid he feels for his wife because every night she cries herself to sleep.
The deceased boy is the eldest of three children.
When the Samoa Observer visited the family yesterday, his mother was in town making plans for the funeral.
It was not possible to get a comment from the Assistant Police Commissioner, Le’aupepe Fatu Pula yesterday.
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