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Boy, 14, accused of killing friend while handling gun in Bensenville

The 14-year-old shot his 13-year-old friend in the head Aug. 8 while handling a gun that was left unlocked in another friend’s Bensenville home, authorities said.

A man died of his injuries Dec. 14 following a November crash in Bensenville.
A 14-year-old boy is charged with fatally shooting his friend, 13, while handling a gun that was left unlocked Aug. 8, 2019, inside a Bensenville home.
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A 14-year-old boy has been charged with accidentally shooting his 13-year-old friend to death Thursday in northwest suburban Bensenville.

The teen is charged with one felony count each of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and reckless discharge of a firearm, according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

“This heartbreaking turn of events should serve as a reminder to parents to lock up their weapons and keep them out of reach from their children,” State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in the statement.

About 2 p.m., the accused shooter and three of his friends were handling guns that were left unlocked inside a home in the 200 block of George Street in Bensenville, prosecutors and Bensenville police said. While handling the gun, the 14-year-old shot his friend in the head.

The 13-year-old boy was pronounced dead from the gunshot wound later that night, the state’s attorney’s office said.

The 14-year-old was arrested after the shooting and appeared in court Friday for a detention hearing before DuPage County Judge Robert Anderson, who ordered him released to his parents’ custody on home detention, prosecutors said. His next court date was set for Aug. 22.

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