An 11-year-old boy died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head during his virtual class Wednesday morning at his home in Woodbridge, CA, People reported. Adan Llanos, a student at Woodbridge Elementary School, participated in a school session via the Zoom platform when the incident happened.
The younger’s sister, who also participated in a virtual class from another room, was the one who found the body after responding to the shot. The girl immediately notified her teacher and rushed to the home of a neighbor who called 911.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said both Llanos’s microphone and camera were turned off, so the other students in the class were unaware of the incident.
When officers arrived at the Sterling Street residence shortly after 11 a.m., they say the boy had a head injury and was still breathing. The little boy later died at an area hospital. It is unknown how Llanos obtained the weapon.
Initial reports called the fact a suicide, but the child’s family denies it.
Luis Llanos, the victim’s uncle, has denied initial reports that the boy had committed suicide. She said, “He was the most respectful and sweet boy I have ever had the honor of calling my nephew!” And added, “We ask everyone to refrain from speculation and if they see any comments, politely ask them to say positive things. He was not suicidal! This young man was an angel that we had the privilege of meeting!
Likewise, the minor’s aunt added through a Facebook post: “We are asking if anyone sees any post or comment that suggests that this incident was suicide or that our nephew was depressed, please help us stop it. It was a freak accident, and our nephew was a happy boy. Right now, seeing those comments is what hurts the family the most, and I can use all the help I can.
A shattered community
The unfortunate event has shocked the entire San Joaquin County community. Luis and Stephanie Llanos, relatives of the boy, opened a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. “He was a wonderful child full of life and joy. He was the most respectful and sweet boy I have ever had the honor of calling my nephew! ”They said in the description.
“It is tragic. Everyone has been affected by this, ”said in part Paul Warren, who oversees mental health services within the Lodi Unified School District.
Sandra Mendez, a spokeswoman for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, said, “This is a traumatic situation for anyone. Even if you don’t have children, this affects everyone. “
Through a statement, Lodi Unified School District Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer said :
We are deeply saddened to share that a Woodbridge Elementary School student passed away today due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Bereavement and psychological support services are available to students and staff during this difficult time.
Our thoughts are with the family affected by this tragedy. We also offer our condolences to the Woodbridge Elementary community.
If you are concerned about your child’s reaction to this loss, please contact your child’s school support services.