Dozens of residents in the Triple Crown Meadow neighborhood in Logan County came together Sunday night for a candlelight vigil. They gathered in front of a home in the 1500 block of Derby Lane where a 3 year old accidentally shot and killed himself.
It was Saturday afternoon when Logan County authorities rushed to the home on a shots fired call.
When they arrived, they discovered the 3 year old dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Authorities say the home belonged to the victim’s uncle, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.
A Logan County spokesperson tells us the gun was left on a bedroom nightstand and that it was the trooper’s personal weapon, not his state-issued gun.
Residents of the close-knit community felt compelled to do something to show the family their support.
So Sunday night, they gathered with candles and sang songs in front of the home.
“Just heartbroke. You know, right after what happened in Connecticut and it just it’s just so sad. Nobody should have to go through something like that,” said Jennifer Morrow, a resident of the neighborhood who attended the vigil.
“Hindsight’s 20/20. You think that never should have happened. And I guarantee you it was seconds, milliseconds that it took to happen. And it changed their lives forever,” said Julie Mullins.
Taylor Felgenhaur, the young victim’s aunt, attended the vigil as well.
“It’s just so like it wasn’t expected or anything like that. It’s not like, like he was only 3 years old,” said Felgenhaur.
She says his death is going to leave a huge void in their family.
“We are all so close to him. We, my brother here visited him 3 times a week. And my mom babysat him 2 times a week. So it’s just really difficult that that’s such an everyday thing that we’re not going to have any more,” said Felgenhaur.
Parents at the vigil hugged their children a little close, grateful for the simple gift of life and realizing just how precious it is.
“Somebody doesn’t get to hug their baby tonight, a lot of people Connecticut and here. And I’m just really thankful that I get to hug mine tonight. And so I’ll hug her a little closer, a little tighter,” said Mullins.
Many residents also brought toys and stuffed animals to donate to charity in honor of the little victim.