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12-year-old boy killed in Wake Forest hunting accident

Posted December 28, 2012
Updated December 29, 2012

— A 12-year-old Tarboro boy was accidentally shot and killed while hunting with his family in Wake Forest on Friday morning, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

James Lee Parker was hunting deer with his father, uncle and 16-year-old stepbrother when he was shot just before 8 a.m., according to the boy's grandfather, Jimmy Parker III.

James, who had hunted since he was 4 years old, was about 100 yards in the woods near 1617 Bent Road when the shooting occurred. Sheriff's officials did not say who shot him or how it happened.

Authorities released a redacted recording of the 911 call made shortly after the shooting. The sobbing caller tells the dispatcher, "My son is dead in a hunting accident. We were hunting. My son has been shot in a hunting accident."

The caller tells 911 that the boy is not breathing and limp, then begins to weep.

James was a seventh-grader at Phillips Middle School in Edgecombe County.

"He loved to hunt. He just went hunting yesterday, actually. He said it was so fun," said Michaela Roberts, James' cousin. "His favorite food was pizza rolls. Last night, we were just hanging out eating pizza rolls from my house, and we were watching TV. It was the funnest time ever, greatest memory. Can’t get it back now."

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison called the shooting "a tragedy."

James Lee Parker 12-year-old killed in Wake Forest hunting accident

"I mean, just imagine, Christmas just over with, a 12-year-old is out, just like my grandson was excited about going hunting with me," Harrison said. "I can’t even imagine the thoughts that would be going through my mind if my grandson had gotten shot."

The sheriff's office said North Carolina Wildlife officers were taking over the investigation Friday afternoon.


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  • esteryates69 Jan 2, 2013

    This real break my heart,just 12 years old with so much to be able to do in his life.It was also very close by where we live.Praying for God to comfort his family.Also his uncle how did this.This is a night mare to him and the whole family.

  • injameswetrust2003 Dec 28, 2012

    What a horrible accident. Comfort and peace to all involved.

  • Desiderata Dec 28, 2012

    May those involved have faith, family and friends to support them in this time of need.

  • Wake1 Dec 28, 2012

    Very sorry for the family's loss! Hoping they find some peace & comfort at this very, very difficult time!

  • oleguy Dec 28, 2012

    God Bless you all,,

  • mewuvbb Dec 28, 2012

    So very sorry for your loss to all involved. Praying for you all

  • SmokeWagon Dec 28, 2012

    How absolutely tragic. Prayers for the family. Little guy reminds me of Jody on The Family Affair tv show from the late 60's...Rest in peace little guy.

  • NCHighlander Dec 28, 2012

    No greater than the loss of a child. God be with all involved.

  • westernwake1 Dec 28, 2012

    Tragic. My sympathy and prayers are with the family.

  • Granpaa Dec 28, 2012

    What sadness this family must be dealing with. We pray for each one and those hunting with you. God loves you because you know he is in Heaven.