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17-year-old accused of killing best friend didn't think gun would fire without magazine

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Cliff Edwards, 17, is accused of killing Edwards Hatcher in the 10000 Toelle Lane Saturday afternoon (Credit: KMOV / Police) Cliff Edwards, 17, is accused of killing Edwards Hatcher in the 10000 Toelle Lane Saturday afternoon (Credit: KMOV / Police)
Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 10000 block of Toelle Lane Saturday afternoon. (Credit: KMOV) Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 10000 block of Toelle Lane Saturday afternoon. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The 17-year-old accused of killing a teenager in a St. Louis County home did not think the gun would discharge without the magazine inserted, according to police.

Cliff Edwards allegedly shot Edward Hatcher, 17, in the head at the Riverview Park Place Apartments in the 10000 block of Toelle Lane just after 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

Edwards admitted to pointing a gun at Hatcher’s head and pulling the trigger, according to court documents. Police said Edwards did not believe the gun would discharge without the magazine inserted.

Hatcher was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I can't picture him being dead, that's the first body I've ever seen," said Carlisia Eason.

Eason lives next door to the Hatcher family.

"My sister opened the door and she heard someone was screaming 'Call the police he got shot in the head," said Eason.

Edwards was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of armed criminal action. He is currently being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

"This has got to stop, there's too many senseless deaths," said Lise Bernstein."

Bernstein is president of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, the group behind the gun safety effort, "Lock it for Love."

"We just emphasize all the time how preventable these deaths are," said Bernstein. "Every other day, a child is killed in this country in unintentional shootings."

Bernstein says her group's given out over 700 free gun locks in the last month. They plan to hand out more free locks at an event on June 29 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Louis Place Park.

Their efforts are put on solely through donations, to help their cause, click here.

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