Football team gathers to mourn loss of teammate, friend recalls accident at Pembroke Pines home – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A coach tries to console a football team following the unexpected death of a team member. These boys are now leaning on each other and coming together to mourn a 15-year-old boy who was shot. Police say a family member of the boy accidentally pulled the trigger.
Carlos Santos was at a home in Pembroke Pines over the weekend when his best friend, Achilles Lopez, was killed by a single bullet.
“The last image I have of him is seeing him on the ground,” Santos said through a translator.
In Spanish, Santos described being scared that Saturday night.
“When we were about to leave, the parent kept playing with the gun, pointing it at things like me, the dogs, Achilles,” Santos said.
He said that this family member checked that the gun was not loaded, but the whole situation made him feel uncomfortable, so he walked out.
“Three seconds passed, then I heard a shot. I ran and saw Achille on the ground. His chest was covered in blood,” Santos said.
Pembroke Pines detectives described the shooting as unintentional but negligent. They did not identify the person holding the weapon.
Santos said Achille was his best friend, more like a brother. Both played football for Miramar United Elite FC.
“It’s a tough loss, and we’ve seen him grow as a young man, and we had high expectations for him,” coach Richard Jobson said.
The team met Monday night at the Sunset Lakes Community Center.
“He was a good player, but just his presence. He was funny, one of the nicest kids I know,” said team-mate Giovanni Hazelton.
The club provided counselors to help teammates and coaches grieve.
“It’s tough on us, and it’s tough on the boys, and we as a club are going to try to make sure we take care of our kids,” Jobson said.
A 15-year-old who aspires to play professional football and whose friends say his heart was much bigger than his dreams.
“Not many people are born to be leaders, and I think he was born to be a leader,” Jobson said.
The Attorney General’s office is reviewing the case and will decide whether or not criminal charges will be filed.
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