CHICAGO (CBS) – While police have said there will be no charges against the teenager who accidentally shot and killed Erica Gibson, 12, in Hazel Crest last weekend, the case is not closed.
Meanwhile, as CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported on Wednesday night, Erica’s family have insisted investigators need to see something before they look any further. It’s an alarming video about the 14-year-old girl suspected of pulling the trigger.
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Erica’s parents won’t be able to plan for her 13th birthday next month.
“We have to bury him,” Erica’s aunt, Marshawna Pratt said. “This is the hardest part – we have to bury it.”
And now the family are outraged by this new video – which they say shows the 14-year-old with a gun in her hand.
“That little girl, she didn’t suddenly pick up a gun,” Erica’s aunt Tywauna McDonald said. “She’s been doing it for months.”
Erica’s family raise red flags about the girl who pulled the trigger and accidentally shot and killed Erica.
“Pulling the trigger – shooting someone in the head – is no accident,” Pratt said.
They say the video shows the same 14-year-old who shot Erica, but this time the teen poses with a long gun. The video was posted to TikTok months earlier.
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“Like she’s posing with a teddy bear in her hand – like it’s nothing – with her finger sticking out,” McDonald said. “It shows a different personality than what they’re trying to portray.”
Hazel Crest police said the teenager would not face charges.
“You’re not going to press charges against her, okay, so who are you charging?” Said Pratt.
Gibson’s aunts demanded that the Cook County state prosecutor see the TikTok video to fully understand that the guns were accessible for more than months at that southern suburban home their niece was visiting.
“If we had seen this video in January, maybe we wouldn’t bury my niece,” McDonald said.
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office told CBS 2 it has not closed the investigation into Erica’s death.
As for the adults in that house, McDonald said, “They don’t tell the police – who owns the guns, they don’t say anything. But I think the police can make them talk.
Terry from CBS 2 tried to contact the teenager’s family without success. We have to point out that it is not clear if Erica was shot with the same gun seen in the TikTok video or if there is a second weapon.
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Either way, Erica’s family said it was clear the guns were not stored properly in this house – and the owner should be held responsible.