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Raleigh second-grader dies after accidental shooting

Posted February 23, 2011

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— A second-grader at Lynn Road Elementary School died Tuesday after he was accidentally shot in the head at home the previous day, his family said Wednesday.

Ty-Rion Henry, 8, was shot when his grandfather's pellet gun went off Monday afternoon, said his mother, Brianne Henry.

Daniel Henry was shooting at squirrels outside and placed the gun at the foot of the stairs when he came back inside, Brianne Henry said. As Ty-Rion was coming downstairs, she said, her father checked to make sure the gun's safety latch was on, and he accidentally hit the trigger, shooting the boy.

The pellet went through the boy's eye and lodged in his brain. Tests at WakeMed showed he had no brain activity.

"God makes no mistakes," Brianne Henry said, adding that she doesn't blame her father for her son's death.

Ty-Rion loved video games, cars and dolphins, but is "now in a better place," she said.

Police consulted with Wake County prosecutors and decided not to file any charges in the case, Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Wake County schools spokesman Michael Evans said grief counselors were at Lynn Road Elementary on Wednesday and that school officials would send a letter to parents of other students to inform them of the incident.

Evans described the school's faculty and staff as shocked and saddened by the incident.

The shooting was the second tragedy for the family in two months. Brianne Henry said she delivered a stillborn daughter in December.

Ty-Rion's funeral is set for noon March 2 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Raleigh. His organs are being donated and will help seven children in need, his mother said.


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  • commonsence Feb 28, 2011

    Accidents involving firearms in the
    home have decreased significantly
    over the last 20 years, according to
    the National Safety Council.

  • bethboyer Feb 28, 2011

    I am so sorry for your loss. I'll miss his shy smile around our neighborhood.

  • gpcatgirl Feb 25, 2011

    My heart goes out to this family. you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  • wwwdima07017 Feb 24, 2011

    OMG this is my little cousin this is just sad
    wish u guys will stop comment about how u think this was a plan just leave my family alone thank you

    and for the ppl who gave there wishes thank u sooo much

  • CandyParamedic Feb 24, 2011

    I have seen several accidents involving children and guns. It is just so tragic, even more so because most cases are preventable. I am not a fan of having guns in the house if you have children under twelve except for personal protection. If you are going to use the gun for other purposes it needs to be IN YOUR HANDS at all times. Not on the stairs, not sitting next to you, no in the other room. Any time the gun is not in the adults OWN HANDS, it needs to be unloaded with the safety engaged.

  • pebbles262004 Feb 24, 2011

    "oldrwizr" I feel sorry for you..
    To the family, you are in my prayers...

  • Fireflies Rock Feb 24, 2011

    Such a horrible tragedy. I feel for this family and have great respect that Mom made the decision to help other children with the priceless donation of her son's organs. God Bless the whole family, I hope they receive peace and comfort.

  • rayne0524 Feb 24, 2011

    My condolences to the Henry family. Thank you for giving the gift of life in this tragedy.

  • rebecca7 Feb 24, 2011

    May God bless you all... RIP little man... Prayers for those who must deal with this. Very sad story.

  • dldobbins Feb 24, 2011

    God bless you all.