A United States teenager shot his 13-year-old sister in the back of the head after she gave him a birthday hug in their Florida home. . 

According to the police, 17-year-old Martaevious Santiago pointed a loaded semi-automatic handgun at Tedra King as she walked away and pulled the trigger, killing her. He claimed it was an accident. . 

Santiago called police after the shooting and said he had accidentally shot his sister. He has been charged him with aggravated manslaughter of a child and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. 

The 17-year-old told the police he got the gun from a 14year-old friend, who has also been arrested. Santiago has been previously embroiled in gun violence, and was featured in a WLRN series called Young Survivors earlier this year which told the stories of youth surviving gun violence. 

Last year, he was shot in the leg as he sat in a parked vehicle outside his home. His friend was shot in the head, but miraculously survived. Earlier last year, Santiago’s 15-year-old brother, Martwan, was shot four times while playing outside his apartment. 


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