FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl has died after authorities say her teenage brother shot her in the back of the head following a birthday hug.
Miami-Dade Police say 17-year-old Martaevious Santiago told officers it was an accident.
They say Santiago told them he was horsing around with his sister Tedra King while he and a friend were handling a loaded handgun at their Florida City home Tuesday night.
He said King gave him a birthday hug and he accidentally shot her as she turned away.
Santiago is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and possession of a weapon. Authorities said his 14-year-old friend was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted that the killing is “heartbreaking, reckless gun violence.”