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    TX - Daniel Galicia, 7, shot to death, Hays County, 10 April 2007

    Stray Bullet Kills Boy on Trampoline in Texas; Man Arrested

    http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,265287,00.html

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007


    AUSTIN, Texas

    A 7-year-old boy jumping on a trampoline with friends was killed by a stray bullet, and a man living two houses away was arrested, authorities said. The boy was playing with four or five other children Tuesday night in a back yard near Uhland when they heard gunshots, Hays County sheriff's spokesman Leroy Opiela said. He said the boy, whose name was not released, was hit in the back and died shortly after reaching an Austin hospital.
    Deputies searched the neighborhood after the shooting and arrested Jose Barrera Espitia, who lives two houses from where the boy was playing, authorities said.
    They found a .22-caliber rifle they believe was the source of the shot, though it wasn't clear why Espitia would have been firing the gun.
    Espitia, 37, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter. No bail was immediately set.
    Uhland is a small community of about 400 residents 25 miles south of Austin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsG728 View Post
    Stray Bullet Kills Boy on Trampoline in Texas; Man Arrested

    http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,265287,00.html

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007


    AUSTIN, Texas

    A 7-year-old boy jumping on a trampoline with friends was killed by a stray bullet, and a man living two houses away was arrested, authorities said. The boy was playing with four or five other children Tuesday night in a back yard near Uhland when they heard gunshots, Hays County sheriff's spokesman Leroy Opiela said. He said the boy, whose name was not released, was hit in the back and died shortly after reaching an Austin hospital.
    Deputies searched the neighborhood after the shooting and arrested Jose Barrera Espitia, who lives two houses from where the boy was playing, authorities said.
    They found a .22-caliber rifle they believe was the source of the shot, though it wasn't clear why Espitia would have been firing the gun.
    Espitia, 37, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter. No bail was immediately set.
    Uhland is a small community of about 400 residents 25 miles south of Austin.
    Things like this make me feel so sad and angry. Jumping on the trampoline...what pure, fun childhood innocence...between things like this and child abductors playtime is no longer as carefree as it used to be.

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    People don't realize that just because a bullet disapears out of the gun that it doesn't cease to exist. It has to go "somewhere". Just like if you shot into the air, it has to come down. That's just common sense. Can someone pass out the manual for common sense please?

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    EXACTLY, mama. Bring it to the shooting range. That's why you can't just go shooting in your yard!

    MG

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    Jose Barrera Espitia

    Housed: Stevenson
    Sentence Date: 07/02/2008

    Offense: 2nd Degree Manslaughter
    Sentence: 8 years

    Minimum Date: 04/10/2015
    Maximum Date: 04/10/2015

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    how sad...8 years and oops is all this child's life was worth to someone apparently.
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    8 years, that's it? You can't tell me that a 37 year old man didn't know what he was doing. I'll bet he just thought he could get away with it. I never believe anything other than he was aiming that gun at that child.



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