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Boy killed by accidental shotgun fire

Boy killed by accidental shotgun fire
By: Carly O'keefe

WEST PADUCAH, Ky. --Brandy Stephens is in shock. The son she could hold and love just yesterday, she's forced to let go of today. 

"You don't want a phone call like we got, you don't want to walk in and see what we had to see," said Brandy Stephens boyfriend Michael Phillips.

11-year-old Brandon Stephens was spending the night at a friend's house Friday. The friend's mother went to the store, leaving the boys alone. That's when, Stephens says, a family member called to ask the 14-year-old brother for a favor.

"The boy's uncle wanted him to get his shotgun, he was going to come and get it. They say he was bringing it to the front door and it caught on his sleeve. The gun went off and shot Brandon in the chest," Stephens said.

Brandon died before he reached the hospita Fridayl.

"Guns are nothing to play with. Not only did it end my son's life, but that poor boy that did this, this is going to haunt him for the rest of his life," said Stephens.

Now his family wants gun owners to be more responsible with their weapons.

"Keep your guns locked up, keep guards on them, put them in a vault, a safe where they can't be reached by children," said Phillips.

"Please, check your guns--go, right now. Check your guns because it can happen just like that, and you can't take it back. My son's never coming back," said Stephens.

Visitation for Brandon Stephens is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Monday night. The funeral service is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Heartland Worship Center in Paducah.

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