A 15-year-old Texas girl has been shot to death after her boyfriend, 17, shot her while allegedly playing with a rifle.
Makaila Simon and her boyfriend Javon Martin were in an upstairs bedroom at a house in Kimberly Glen Lane, Spring, Texas when she was shot, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.
Makaila Simon. | Photo: Facebook
The Sheriff’s office further said Martin was playing with a rifle when he pointed it at Simon and pulled the trigger, hitting her once in the chest. Simon died at the scene.
Nicole Malbrough, who knew the victim, got a call about the tragedy on Sunday. “The police called my line private around five this morning,” she told ABC 13.
When Malbrough got to the home, she was told Simon had been shot and killed by her boyfriend, Martin.
Javon Martin’s mugshot. | Photo: ABC 13 KTRK-Houston
The heartbroken woman said everyone is stunned and described the late Simon as “sweet” and “respectful:”
"She's a very sweet, giving, kind hearted person, very mindful and respectful. Everything you would want in a daughter.”
Before her death, Simon was a freshman at Lamar High School and had just celebrated her birthday at a Cheesecake Factory on Saturday.
Simon’s family members also said she and Martin, who she’d been dating for about a year, had been arguing over allegations of infidelity, according to Dailymail.com.
Martin, who attorneys say was hoping to go to college next year, is now facing one charge of criminal negligent homicide. He also has a pending case concerning the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Martin admitted in court documents that he was pointing the rifle in Simon’s direction when he pulled the trigger, but the teenager also reportedly thought he had checked to make sure the weapon was not loaded.
Disturbing cellphone footage has now emerged, allegedly depicting moments before the tragedy occurred.
The video, first obtained by KPRC, shows Martin waving a rifle playfully while a girl, believed to be Simon, giggles off-camera and tells Martin to stop pointing the gun at her.
Martin pointing a rifle at a girl believed to be Simon, reportedly moments before he accidentally shot her. | Photo: KPRC
Cases of accidental-shooting have become alarmingly rampant in recent times. Last month alone, we reported three of such tragedies that took place in the country.
There was the three-year-boy who accidentally shot his four-year-old sister to death in Indiana on November 29.
Earlier in December also, a three-year-old boy shot his eight-month-old baby sister after finding a loaded gun in a New Mexico motel where their mother went to meet with her boyfriend.
Last Christmas was also a sorrowful period for a Missouri family after their 12-year-old son accidentally shot his sister to death with a gun he found in their parents’ bedroom.
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