Young Shooting Victim Buried

By: Sean Lavin Email
By: Sean Lavin Email

6-18-07 - Marcus Jacob did today what every parent dreads, he buried his own child.

But even though his six-year-old son, Elrui Jacob, was laid to rest, he says his fight for justice is far from over.

"I'm going to fight so charges are filed," Marcus Jacob said. "The boy said what he did was an accident. It wasn't an accident."

Investigators still don't know if the shooting was an accident or not, but they do say several threats against Elrui's friend and his father forced them to temporarily place the family in a secret location.

The father placed in the location has not been able to return to work. Investigators say the threats are coming from Elrui Jacob's family, but Marcus Jacob says he isn't making any threats, except for saying he'll fight for charges to be filed in court.

"He shouldn't have left the loaded gun alone with a child in that house," he said.

Elrui's teachers at the Hand in Hand school are also having a tough time saying goodbye.

"So sad," said Principal Jeanna Mayhall. "Such a waste, because he truly had a lot of potential."

Investigators say it could still be several days before test results indicate whether this was an accident or if charges should be filed.


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