WICHITA, Kan. -- On Tuesday, a three-year-old Wichita boy shot and killed himself after he found a gun above the refrigerator in his home.
On Thursday, the family held a vigil in memory of Jahmez Hunt.
It was an emotional night in front of the home where Jahmez died. Family and friends came out to honor his memory. And his mother spoke frankly and openly about her son.
They stood together in a wide circle, their hands clasped together, praying and thinking of little Jahmez. The 3-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself after finding a gun at his home.
“He was just a fun kid,” said Henrietta Hunt, Jahmez’s mother. “Loved to play. Picked on everybody. He begged all the time. He was just a good boy. He was so smart.”
She says family support has been everything this week, and has kept her going.
“I wouldn't be able to stand here now if it wasn't for my family, my whole family, friends, my everything,” Henrietta said. “Everybody's been keeping me together.”
Henrietta said she had no idea the gun was there. It belonged to her boyfriend, who was arrested following the shooting. And now, she wants other families, to learn from her tragedy.
“I just want everybody to know—guns are not anything to play with,” she said. “If there's a gun in the house and you know about it, put it up. Keep it away from your kids. Lock it up. Don't put any billets in a gun.”
The funeral for Jahmez will be on Monday, starting at 11 a.m. at Hillside Funeral Home at 935 North Hillside. The family is accepting donations for burial costs. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so at the funeral home.