Osceola teen dies after being shot in the chest with pellet rifle

Osceola teen dies after being shot in the chest with pellet rifle

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - Just two days before Mother's Day, Lisa Grey's 15-year-old son Rocky was shot and killed inside an Osceola duplex.

Rocky, shot in the chest with a pellet rifle, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His friends and family tell us the teen behind bars for the shooting is Rocky's best friend.

"It's a tragedy all the way around," Katherine Perry said. "Mrs. Grey, her son's dead and his best friend is locked up for it."

Perry lives next door to where the shooting happened. She stood alongside Grey as she spoke about what the past three days have been like.

"I'm better than I was the first two days but I'm getting through it," Lisa Grey said. "Yes, I still cry many nights. I'm lonely, I can't stay at the house by myself."

Grey told Region 8 News what's made the situation more difficult is knowing her son's best friend is behind bars for it on a $250,000 bond.

"When you seen one, you seen the other together. When one spends the night over there, the other, they just take turns. Order food, they play games, they everywhere together," Grey said.

Rocky's friends and family told Region 8 News that's why they have trouble believing what happened.

"I think the police need to do a little bit more of an investigation because there's a lot that's just not being told," Perry said.

Osceola Police Chief David Gladden said the investigation is ongoing. Chief Gladden said there are still some unanswered questions surrounding the case.

"According to the prosecutor, we're just not sure what the next step will be because really it determines on the questions and how they're answered and what turns up, what will be the next step," Chief Gladden said.

As for Grey, she said she's hurting, but not just for the loss of her son.

Grey said her thoughts are with Rocky's best friend and his family as well.

"I still have love for him, he's like a son to me," Grey said. "I wish I could just be there to hug him. I'm not mad at him, I don't hate him at all. I just want to tell him, I know you didn't do this. I don't believe he did it."

While the investigation continues, Grey wants other parents to know even though a pellet rifle doesn't seem like a deadly weapon, it can be.

"I didn't think so either. To have my son where he's at, that's how powerful that pellet was," Grey said. "So I advise any parents out here that got kids, if you've got guns, put 'em in a safety, if you've gotta put a lock on it, if you've gotta go somewhere two miles away to bury it just to keep it away from the kids because it's too much happening with these guns with these young kids around here."

Rocky's wake will take place Friday, May 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Osceola.

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