On Tuesday night, a stray bullet went through the wall of a Las Vegas Valley apartment, hitting two young boys who were watching SpongeBob SquarePants. Tragically, one of the boys, 9-year-old SirArmani Clark, died due to his injuries, while his 6-year-old brother, Honor Tate, was hit in the leg but is expected to make a full recovery. As soon as family members heard the gunshots, they rushed into the room where the boys were watching TV. The incident was reported to the police, who arrived at the Town & Country Manor apartment complex shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday.
“We heard Honor whimper,” the boys’ mother, Justine Tate, told local news outlets. “No sound from Armani. He doesn’t say anything. All I can visualize at this point is my baby’s head dropping and falling to the side.”
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Authorities believe that one of the family’s neighbors fired the shot. “There appears to be a gunshot that came from a neighboring apartment that went through the wall and into their apartment and struck the juvenile,” Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jason Johansson stated.
The neighbor was arrested after the shooting but authorities haven’t publicly named him. They stated he was a convicted felon who shouldn’t have been using a gun. “He is out there showing off with a gun, and then pulls the trigger on the gun and kills one kid and hospitalizes another,” Clark County Sheriff Kevin McMahill noted.
It is still unclear what official charges the neighbor will face. The family has created GoFundMe to raise money for all funeral expenses. “If I could have took that bullet for them, I would have,” Tate told Fox 5. “I would rather them live without a mommy than to lose their life.”
“Hi, my name is Justine Tate mother of SirArmani Clark and honor Tate! Yesterday 03.07.23 around 5:50 pm a stray bullet came through our wall and took the life of my 9 year old son and also hit my 6 year old son. Please help us with the afterlife for our remaining son, Honor Tate, and for our family to pull through this! Never in a million years would I think I’d have to bury my beautiful 9 year old son. He was great and if you knew my baby then you knew that his smile would brighten up the darkest house!!!! My children didn’t deserve any of this! Honor must go on with life after he has watched the most traumatizing thing a 6 year old can imagine. Your support is so appreciated,” the GoFund me read.