A 12-year-old girl 'accidentally' shot her 14-year-old cousin dead on a livestream while 'trying to be hip', prompting her to turn the gun on herself.
Paris and Kuaron Harvey were live on Instagram at around 2am on Friday in St Louis, Missouri, while at a birthday party.
During the stream Paris killed Kuaron and then herself. Police told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that both children were found unresponsive at 2.07am and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police initially said that it was a deadly murder-suicide, but the family of the two tragic kids disagrees.
Shinise Harvey, Paris' mother, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch : "It was no murder. It wasn’t a suicide. It was a freak accident. It happened."
Shinise added that, although she hasn't watched the video herself, relatives who have told her that the children were "trying to be too hip".
Susan Dyson, Paris' grandmother, has seen the video. She said: "It wasn’t a situation where they were arguing or anything like that. They were playing with the gun, when they shouldn’t have been.
"Of course, they shouldn’t have been doing it. I think it just went off. It went off by mistake."
She explained how the two has been raised together at Paris' home, and that they called each other brother and sister.
She added that the pair were at a younger family members' birthday party and went into the bathroom to film themselves in front of a mirror when the incident took place.
Describing the video, family say Paris can be seen reaching for the gun after it goes off a first time, suggesting that both shots could have been accidental.
“No matter how good we try to raise our kids,” said Shinise Harvey, “they still are going to venture off.”
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Police have been investigating the incident and are yet to release their conclusions.
They said on Facebook: "We are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family of 12-year-old Paris Harvey and 14-year-old Kuaron Harvey who tragically passed away on 3/25/22."
GoFundMe pages have been set up to help with both Kuaron and Paris' funeral costs.
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