A 13-year-old Florida boy was fatally shot when his 18-year-old cousin lost control of the “hoverboard” he was riding and accidentally fired the gun he was holding in his hand, authorities say.
Lavardo Fisher, of Ocoee, was visiting family on Sunday in Orlando when he was shot, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He died Monday at a local hospital.
Fisher’s cousin, Brandon Louis, was riding on the “hoverboard” when he accidentally fired the shot, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
“I didn’t mean to shoot, it was an accident, the gun just went off,” Louis told an investigator, the Sentinel reports. He has not been charged.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Fisher Was Shot in the Back of the Head While Playing Xbox
Lavardo Fisher was playing Xbox at his uncle’s home when he was shot by his cousin, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told the Orlando Sentinel.
He was shot at about 1 p.m. at the home on Spottswood Drive, deputies said. He wasn’t breathing when paramedics arrived and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Louis and another cousin, Widmaer Morame, were in the room when the shooting happened. The Sentinel reports that several other people were at the Conway Acres subdivision home, including three “mentally challenged” women ranging in ages from 46 to 56 who were visiting from a group home. They were not in the room at the time of the shooting.
2. His Uncle Was Arrested for Possession of a Weapon by a Felon
Fisher’s cousins told police they found the gun under a bed in one of the rooms in the house. The sheriff’s office says the gun belonged to Fisher’s uncle, Walter Morame, who was arrested at the scene Sunday. He was not home at the time of the shooting.
The 35-year-old Morame, who has a previous conviction for battery of a law enforcement officer, according to court records, was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon.
Morame cried out, “I love my nephew,” as he was handcuffed Sunday, WKMG-TV reports.
3. Fisher Died After Several Hours in a Coma at a Local Hospital
Fisher died Monday morning at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children after several hours in a coma. His mother and other family members were at the hospital, according to Facebook posts made by relatives and friends.
A relative made a post for Fisher’s mother, Fabiola Nelson, “My family and I say thank you for all your support, prayers and word of comfort. I am truly sad to share with you all that Lavardo Denashe Fisher II aka Eljay has past away tonight at 11:03.. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Fisher was called Eljay by family and friends.
4. His Cousins Made Up a Story About a Friend Named ‘Skeet’ Shooting Him, Police Say
Fisher’s cousins, Brandon Louis, who fired the fatal shot, and Widmaer Morame, both 18, originally told police a story about another teen shooting him, WFTV-TV reports.
The teens first told investigators a friend named “Skeet” brought the gun to the house and was showing it to them when it accidentally went off. They said they met Skeet at a basketball court a couple days before. Deputies and a police K-9 couldn’t locate Skeet, and Louis later admitted the story was made up.
Deputies said their clothes were covered in blood stains. Neither teen has been charged.
5. He Played Pop Warner Football & Was Remembered as a ‘Standout Kid’
Fisher was an eighth grader at Ocoee Middle School and played football for the Ocoee Bulldogs, earning the honor of Pop Warner All-American scholar last year.
His coach, Lo Wood, told the Orlando Sentinel Fisher was a “standout kid.”
“You think guns and you think negative — but that’s not Lavardo,” he said. “A lot of stuff starts at home and he had a great home and family. I can’t even fathom … it’s just crazy in this society.
“I don’t understand why people are that brave to even pick up a gun. And when it gets down to kids, that’s crazy. When it gets to that point, something has to be done,” Wood said.
Several tributes to Fisher were posted on the Bulldogs’ Facebook page.
“If there is one thing I know about the Ocoee Bulldog Nation is that we are a tight family, who support one another in hard times no matter if we are not in communication during off season. This young man was taken way too soon indeed, however is resting in peace. God had better plans for him,” Annette Then wrote, asking for fellow parents to help support Fisher’s family.