AURORA, Colo. — Family of a 10-year-old boy killed by gunfire in Aurora Friday night gathered Saturday to remember the young buy who showed so much promise.
Outside the Aurora apartment where 10-year old Anthony Hemmings died from gunfire, a young relative cradled a stuffed animal and wiped away tears.
Throughout the day, a steady stream of family and friends brought balloons, flowers, candles and notes, setting up a memorial for the young boy.
“He was a bright young man. He touched the lives of many that he came across. More importantly he had a future. This young man was in school you know, striving for his goals and now this has been taken away from him,” said Eric Nelson, Aurora Public School Board Secretary.
Nelson stopped by to pray with the family, who are clearly struggling to come to terms with the loss.
“I feel is a time for healing. Prayer is a time for peace,” said Nelson.
Anthony had just finished 4th grade. Family says 10-year Anthony Hemmings loved football and was a great student.
His family was in the process of moving in to this complex Thursday.
Friday night police were called to their basement apartment just before 10 p.m.
Officers found the boy suffering from critical wounds. He died on scene.
“No child should suffer that. No child should suffer the loss of their life due to gun violence,” Nelson said.
Family says the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted.
Aurora police say two adults were home at the time and the cause is still under investigation.
“The thought of this kid not having a future. The thought of this young man, you know the family suffering that loss,” said Nelson.
Nelson says the boy’s death is an issue the community needs to deal with.
“I think we need to increase educational programs around gun safety so families have that information so when kids come across a firearm, they are not going to lose their lives to it,” said Nelson.
Members of the Aurora Public School District are holding a candlelight vigil for Anthony on Monday at 6:00pm at the MLK Library on Colfax.
Speakers will address gun safety and gun violence, the group will then lead a march to the apartment where the boy died at 16th and Galena in Aurora.
Police say the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.