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An 11-year-old boy who allegedly killed Makayla Dyer, 8, over puppies now faces first-degree murder charges.
According to witnesses, the young Tennessee boy intentionally shot and killed Dyer because she wouldn’t let him see her puppies.
The police have reported that Dyer died on Saturday at a White Pine mobile home park. White Pine is a small town located about 40 miles east of Knoxville.
Reports state that the two children were playing in the mobile home park where they lived when the boy asked to see the puppies that belonged to Dyer’s family. When she refused, the boy shot her in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun. He made the shot from his mobile home window.
Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. ‘Bud’ McCoig said that the boy took his father’s 12-gauge shotgun from an unlocked closet, and has now been charged with delinquency by first-degree murder.
The boy’s family have not released any statements since the incident. While they were not charged, child welfare officials are now investigating them and their family.
The victim’s mother, Latasha Dyer, says that the boy had bullied her daughter while at White Pine Elementary School. Makayla was a second-grader and the boy was in fifth grade.
“He was making fun of her, calling her names, just being mean to her,” she said. “I had to go to the principal about him and he quit for a while and then all of a sudden yesterday, he shot her.”
Principal Bill Walker failed to address these allegations during a Monday news conference.
“The emotions of our staff are so great when something like this happens that we’re all trying to live on and pray for and protect all of the students,” he said to reporters. “I don’t think you can prepare for when you walk in and see students that are hurting and (the staff has) done a very god job with keeping those in check and watching over students.”
He also stated that counselors are on site to help assist students and staff.
The boy’s first court appearance was closed to the public as he is a juvenile. He is reportedly set to appear in another court proceeding on October 28.
McCoig said that he would like for this case to be moved to an adult court.
“They’re angry at the loss of their child,” he said. “They want him prosecuted. We’re doing everything we can to what’s legally and rightfully possible.”
Makayla passed away just three weeks after her 8th birthday.
“I want her back home, I want her back in my arms,” her mother spoke. “This is not fair.”
Makayla’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel in Maynardville. Her family has set up a GoFundMe fundraising page to help raise money in order to cover the burial expenses.
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