Obviously the owner of the gun did not teach his kid about guns and gun safety. Here in CT the gun owner would be charged, not sure about New Mexico.
AZTEC — A teenage boy accidentally shot himself to death this week playing Russian Roulette, his family said.
Anthony R. Pacheco, 14, was sleeping over at a friend's house in Aztec. Around 1 a.m. Sunday, the pair got a .38 special revolver belonging to the friend's father, according to Aztec Police Capt. Troy Morris.
"One kid took the bullets out and spun the chamber and handed it to Anthony," Pacheco's grandmother, Ann Alfrey of Stokesdale, N.C., said. "He put it in his mouth and pulled the trigger."
The boys thought they'd removed all the bullets, she said, but one remained. The shot killed Pacheco instantly.
The gun is kept in an 8-foot-high cabinet in the parent's bedroom. How the boys got it without waking anyone is unknown.
"That's kind of sketchy," Morris said. "The gun was housed at a separate place, and we don't know how he or the son got it out."
The death is being treated as accidental.
Pacheco was born in Pleasanton, Calif., and grew up in Stokesdale. He'd moved to Aztec, where his father lives, about a year ago, his mother, Lesa Alfrey, said.
"Anthony loved to help people, he was such a good-hearted kid, always giving stuff away ... he loved his friends," said Lesa Alfrey, 41, of Stokesdale. "There was something about that boy that people loved. He always made us laugh, he had us rolling."
He went to Aztec High School and liked skateboarding, bike racing and music.
Survivors include his mother, father, Gary Pacheco and sister, Amber Pacheco of Stokesdale.
"I feel sad, I feel hurt, I feel angry, just all of the above," Ann Alfrey said. "And I feel very, very sorry for the kid that was with him. His dad is a really nice person, and he's just as devastated as we are."
Pacheco's mother said she hopes her son's death can be a lesson to other parents who own guns.
"I'd like to tell other parents that if they own a gun, please lock it up. Kids will be kids and they don't think," she said. "Tell your kids you love them because they might not be here tomorrow. Anything can happen."