Police identify young victim killed while playing with gun in University City

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 2:31 PM

1500 Westmont Place, St Louis, MO 63130

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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo (KMOV.com) – Police have identified a 12-year-old boy that was killed Tuesday night when a gun went off in a home in University City around 6 p.m.

According to police, the victim, Demetri Phillips, was with his friend and classmate, also 12, at the friend’s grandparents’ home in the 1500 block of Westmont Place.

At some point, the children got a hold of the grandfather’s handgun, which was in an unlocked bedroom. The boys were reportedly playing with gun when it went off. The bullet struck Phillips in the head. He was taken to Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room. 

The victim’s friend was taken to family court as police continue their investigation.

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