Tragic: A Sad Teaching Moment in Gun Safety

The grieving family of a 7-year-old boy who was killed last month believed his younger brother accidentally shot him when he found a gun — while looking for candy. If that is not a call for gun safety, the Whirl doesn’t know what else.
The boy, Jermon Perry, was shot in the head at his duplex in the 3100 block of California one afternoon and died at a hospital.
His mother, Michelle Lawson, 37, allowed a reporter into her home last week but was too devastated to talk about her son’s tragic death.
Her god-sister, Erica Jones was acting as the family spokesperson. She said they believe Jermon’s 5-year-old brother walked into his parents’ bedroom in search of candy. When he opened a dresser drawer, he apparently discovered an unlocked gun and carried it back to his brother’s bedroom.
That’s when Jermon was shot as he sat in a chair playing a video game, Jones said. His twin brother also was in the bedroom.
The gun belonged to Jermon’s father, Jericho Perry, 39, according to Jones, adding that he had a concealed carry permit. But that didn’t mean anything, in this household. The gun was in a holster in a dresser drawer.
The 5-year-old probably didn’t know the difference between a toy gun and a real one, Jones said.


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