City boy, 15, charged in death of friend, 18

Police say accident occurred during game of Russian roulette

March 27, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 15-year-old West Baltimore boy was charged yesterday as a juvenile with second-degree murder in the accidental shooting of a friend Tuesday night, police said yesterday.

The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. in the boy's house in the 1500 block of Myrtle Ave. where he and his friend Terron Braxton, 18, were playing Russian roulette, police said.

Police said the boy and Braxton had been playing the game for about a week with an empty .38-caliber revolver. They decided Tuesday to put a single round in the cylinder, police said.

The boy pointed the gun at his own head, police said, and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire, so he handed it to Braxton, who refused to play the game, police said.

The boy took the gun back, and it discharged, the bullet striking Braxton in the chest, police said.

Braxton, a resident of the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The boy was being held at a juvenile facility last night pending hearings in juvenile court.

Braxton's mother recalled her son yesterday as a hard worker who dreamed of joining the military.

"He was a very good boy," said Braxton's mother, Rhonda Braxton. "I never had any trouble with him."

Braxton graduated from Edmondson High School last year and had worked at a store for three months before joining the city's housing authority as a home improvement worker recently, his mother said.

He picked up his younger brother at kindergarten every day, his mother said, and was an elevator operator at a downtown hotel.

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