17-Year-Old Killed in Accident at Friend's House After Dad Warned Him Not to Go

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Evan Roselle, 17, was at his friend's home off Golden View Court in Arlington, Texas, when the two boys started playing with a gun. This friend's house was supposed to be off-limits for Evan because those in the neighborhood believed there was a lot of suspicious activity happening there. But Evan was friends with the 16-year-old who lived there, so despite his father's wishes, he was there hanging out with his friend when this tragic accident occurred. Then the 16-year-old friend reportedly accidentally shot Evan.

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There have always been those houses parents tell their kids never to go to. Evan's dad, Mike, just had a terrible feeling about this home and asked his son not to go there. He was afraid he was hanging out with the wrong people. Sadly, Mike's intuition was right. Inside that home, two teen boys were playing with a gun and now his only son is dead. 

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The Roselles adopted Evan when he was only 2 weeks old. They are devastated. "I loved him more than anything else in the world," Evan's father said. He was unable to hold back tears when talking about his child who he said had a good heart, was caring and strong-willed, and loved sports. 

The 16-year-old friend hasn't been publicly named, but police have reported that the teen said they were playing with the gun when it accidentally went off, shooting and killing Evan. The teen was taken to the Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Center and booked on a negligent homicide charge.

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I hurt for the Roselle family. Gun accidents are too common. And knowing that this father had that talk and asked his son not to go to this particular house is going to haunt him for a long time. He may be thinking he should have done more to drive that point home. But we cannot control everything our kids do. We have to hope they make the right decisions and that tragic accidents like this do not happen. It's heartbreaking, but these accidents that can be prevented do happen. Please, gun owners, please keep your guns locked up and away from kids.

Do you think there needs to be more gun safety laws?

 

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