‘A big part of my heart is torn out’: Family mourns teen killed in accidental shooting

Raymond Wesson, 16, died days after accidentally shooting himself, according to officials

SAN ANTONIO – The family of Raymond Wesson, 16, has been left broken. His grandmother, Gayle Wesson, said they are faced with a difficult reality.

“I keep waiting for him, to hear him come back in the house and say ‘Mom, I’m home,’ but it’s not going to happen obviously,” she said.

She said her grandson was adored and admired by everyone who met him. She and her husband, David Wesson, raised Raymond and his siblings.

They moved to San Antonio in 2017 for a new beginning but never imagined Raymond’s life would come to a tragic end.

“I just feel like a big part of my heart is torn out,” said Gayle.

According to San Antonio police, Raymond was visiting his friend at his home off of Jackies Farm on December 26.

SAPD told KSAT the two teens were playing with a gun, which belonged to Raymond’s friend’s parents.

It was during that time that Raymond pulled the trigger and shot himself in the head, according to police.

He was rushed to the Brooke Army Medical Center and on Thursday, Raymond’s family took him off life support.

His grandfather, David, said it is a pain no one should have to go through.

“It’s hard to swallow your tears,” he said.

Police are still investigating but they suspect Raymond’s friend wanted to show off the gun and the pair believed it wasn’t loaded.

Although authorities believe the shooting was an accident, they said charges are possible for the parents who were home at the time. However, they said that would depend how accessible the gun was.

“If you got a gun in your home, you make sure it’s not accessible,” said David.

Gayle said Raymond donated his organs, which was something she called ‘inspiring’.

Although his life was cut short, his grandparents believe his spirit lives on.

“We’re real proud of that,” said Gayle.

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