Community mourns death of 11-year-old Oakley boy

Oakley neighbors are stunned after an 11-year-old boy shot and killed himself in an apparent accident at home on Yosemite Circle.
January 23, 2014 12:44:33 PM PST
Oakley neighbors are in shock after an 11-year-old boy shot and killed himself at his home.

Oakley police had initially said that Anthony Garcia accidentally shot himself Wednesday night. But investigators now say that it appears the 11-year-old was killed as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His school was also grieving Thursday morning. A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese said grief counselors are at Holy Rosary School in Antioch, meeting with kids in grades through fifth through eighth. Father Roberto is on hand to meet with the kids as needed and will hold a prayer service at the end of the day.

The family's next door neighbor said that AJ, as he was known, was a sweet kid who was always playing with his dog.

"It's pretty surprising because I used to see him every day before I biked to school. I used to say hi to his mom and they would smile back to us. They used to mow our lawn. So it's kind of weird knowing that something like this has struck them," said Savannah Santana, neighbor.

The family is receiving support from a number of people have come to visit the home today. Neighbors say Anthony lived here with his parents and grandmother.

Police have not said who was at the home with Anthony last night or who owned the gun.


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