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Matthew CisnerosGARLAND, TX – Police have taken a 12-year-old boy into custody for the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Matthew Cisneros, a death police initially thought was a suicide.

Back in February, police were called to a home where Cisneros was found dead from a gunshot wound with a gun lying near his body. According to Joe Harn with Garland Police, it wasn’t immediately certain if the shooting was self-inflicted.

But the resulting investigation revealed Cisneros and a 12-year-old friend were playing with the gun and that the younger boy wasn’t aware the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger and fatally shot his friend.

The 12-year-old has been placed in custody and is now facing a manslaughter charge. I couldn’t find any details on how the boys got possession of the gun in the first place, but Texas law is pretty clear that anyone who allows a child to gain access to a loaded firearm can be charged with criminal negligence.

A friend of the Cisneros family has setup a GoFundMe page to help with the boy’s funeral expenses.

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  • Sejanus

    A triggerr lock…how fucking hard is that for some gun owners to grasp?

  • awww. poor little cutie. they should shoot whoever didn’t practice proper gun safety in both knee caps then pour a can of morton’s salt in each would. dumbass

  • t3chsupport

    Really, it should be the owner of the unsecured gun with a manslaughter charge here. Every time. The thing about kids is that they do stupid things, that’s why we don’t just squat them out and abandon them like snakes. They require guidance, and a lot of supervision to make sure they don’t go killing themselves or others.

  • There’s a parent somewhere in all this, that really needs an ass kicking.

  • If you know anything about Garland, it’s full of ignorant motherfuckers.

  • I wonder what led them to charge the boy.

    Many years ago, my then 16-year-old cousin shot and killed his 13-year-old brother. It was an accident; the 16-year-old found a hand gun in his parents’ room and picked it up. They were sheltered children and had never been taught a lick about gun safety. As he turned it around to inspect it further, the gun went off. A bullet went through the wall of the bedroom, into the hallway where it pierced Alex’s neck, killing him instantly, then continued through the wall of the bathroom, finally coming to rest on the metal bar that ran across the shower door… where my aunt was showering at the moment.

    My POS uncle (by marriage) only got a ticket for whatever unsecured firearm offense. My surviving cousin was not charged. Still destroyed the family. POS uncle banned discussion of Alex from the household until, one day a few years later, he wrote, “I’m coming, Alex,” on the living room wall and shot himself as my aunt walked in. Aunt didn’t even know the state of the finances due to her controlling, POS husband; my father was sending them money so they could survive as she figured it out. Kids are all fucked up. I don’t know.

    Anyway, long story short, the manslaughter charge seems so unnecessary unless there’s something intentionally malicious about this boy’s actions. The book should be thrown at the gun owner.

  • wow that’s a HORRIBLE situation. i’m sorry to hear that

  • t3chsupport

    On one article I read, the mother’s niece it looks like, is trying to defend the parents because “She had the gun for protection, why should she be charged?!” (actually what she said).

    Apparently the one thing they need protection from the most isn’t strangers trying to get into their house, it’s their own failures as parents that they needed to be protected from. THAT’S why they should be charged. Their negligence and fear mongering got their own child dead. What’s left to protect, now?

  • Vesper Bond

    Damn, Athena.

    I’m sorry this happened to your family.

    Damn.

  • Buffettgirl

    Sad story all around but I don’t know why the boy is being charged with anything. It was an accident. If anyone is charged it should be the careless adult that left the gun where it could be found by kids.

  • Vesper Bond

    I just saw that comment! Completely infuriating to have that mentality. Of course, they want the other kid charged because it effectively removes culpability from the parents’ negligence.

  • Vesper Bond

    What’s the point of charging the little boy with manslaughter? Gods be damned, the *loaded* gun was kept within reach of a child! I’m reading comments (I know…) blaming the other’s kids parents because he was never taught gun safety.

  • Buncheman

    Jesus H. fuck…

    I’m terrified of guns anyway but it’s stories like that that further cement my opinion. I recently found out the when I was just a toddler, my dad bought a gun to have in the house “for protection” after our home got robbed. The thieves got away with very little, with the biggest haul being a cheap plastic piggybank full of silver dollars, so the real damage was the violation of the house and the damage to my dad’s Black Power-era pride. (Which was rather amusing because if ever there were a textbook Oreo, it was him.) Upon finding out that my dad had purchased a firearm, my mother told him in no uncertain terms that she did not want a gun anywhere near her child and that she would take me and leave him flat if he did not return it to the dealer. He was reportedly very bent out of shape about it but he soon caved. (That incident was only a small portion of the fuel that led to my parents’ eventual split, so it was a good thing. Believe me on that one!)

  • Clay

    It is even mentioned as such in Zombieland.

  • Guest

    Oh goodness…..w

  • TexasMom88

    Good lord…..

    Maybe Bc the boy let them think it was suicide instead of saying something? The owner of the gun should DEFINITELY be charged though…hopefully they find him not guilty

  • JustBrowsingLife

    I believe that both the parents and child should be charged. Parents for negligence and the child for obstruction of justice, at the very least, then involuntary man slaughter. Kids, at 12, know what lying by omission is and they know their parents did not buy the gun as a toy for them to play with in any circumstances. I was babysitting at 12, played in the school orchestra, and had friends to do things with. If kids were busy doing constructive activities and knew there are consequences for their actions these things would not be in the news on a daily basis. My dad had guns and I knew if I even thought of touching one, unsupervised, I wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week and I would lose everything I cherished, TV, bike, and loss of my job/jobs. Many kids now a days have their parents, teachers and in some cases cops scared to death for help ng out well deserved punishments. Kids also spend way too much time sitting on their butts inside instead of getting outside for exercise and socializing. I worked for the extras in my life. Kids now can claim abuse over not having the latest techno gadgets or the finest of clothing. I call BS ON THAT! Make them get jobs and learn responsibility and culpability for their actions.

  • Nathan Stegner

    Just another bullshit excuse from our fucked up, backwards ass society. It’s never a person’s fault anymore, there’s always some piece of shit with an excuse and what’s worse, there are always people that believe it instead of calling bullshit.

  • VenusDoom3

    Oh my God. That is all.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Damn Athena, the stories of your childhood never cease to amaze me. Sounds like you have a shortage of winners in that family tree. Sorry for your luck…

  • link07

    Everytime i honestly think about buying a gun, the thought of my son accidentally hurting someone, or some freak accident keeps me from pulling the trigger. I hope your cousin can find some level of healing.

  • link07

    My father was an angry black semi militant in the late 60’s-early 70’s then became a Jesus freak, and to this day he and my mother are the only Republicans in our family. My dad is totally an oreo.

  • Bmarie1221

    I blame the black parents of both boys.