In October last year, an eleven-year-old boy (name withheld) from White Pine, Tennessee, shot and killed eight-year-old Makayla Dyer, because she refused to let him see her puppy’. Today, the verdict finally comes down as the court decides he will be spending his adult life in jail.
The little girl also from White Pine, was playing in front of her family’s caravan with her eleven-year-old sister and a friend when she was shot.
The victim’s mother Latasha Dyer, told WATE-TV in Knoxville that the boy had leaned out of a neighbor’s trailer and asked to see her puppy. Makayla told the boy “no,”; he sought the gun which reports confirm belongs to his father, and then he shot her in the chest.
She further reveals on the incessant bullying her daughter had endured at the little boy’s hands before the murder. Her daughter was a second-grader at White Pine Elementary School, and the boy was in the fifth grade.
“He was making fun of her, calling her names, just being mean to her,” she said. “I had to go the principal about him and he quit for a while and then all of a sudden yesterday, he shot her.” – Latasha Dyer
Prior to the shooting, Makayla and her friends had taunted the young man on the reality of the gun; court records show that the boy was well aware on how to handle a gun; as he made sure it was loaded, and fired just above her heart. She lost consciousness.
Paramedics and doctors at the hospital she was rushed to could not help her as Makayla was described dead-on-arrival. Witnesses include her sister and friend.
In deciding the sentence, the judge said “The child’s mother kneeling on the floor, picked it up and took the child in her arms while it died. The eleven year old knew what he was doing. He had known about with weapons after he had taken with his father and his grandfather hunting trips.”
County Sheriff of Jefferson G.W. “Bud” McCoig said ”the 11-year-old has been charged with delinquency by first-degree murder, in what investigators have deemed an “intentional shooting,”.
He has been found guilty and is sentenced to serve time under state custody till he is nineteen.