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Boy, 14, charged with fatally shooting 13-year-old friend in Bensenville, police say

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a 13-year-old friend in a Bensenville home.

The juvenile also was charged with one count of reckless conduct and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

The juvenile appeared Aug. 9 at a detention hearing where DuPage County Judge Robert Anderson ordered the juvenile be released to the custody of his parents on home detention.

Bensenville police officers on Aug. 8 responded to a call of a person shot inside a Bensenville home. Once inside the residence, police and paramedics found a 13-year-old boy bleeding from the head, the release stated.

The boy was later pronounced dead from an apparent gun shot wound to the head. An investigation revealed that the juvenile and three of his friends were handling various firearms left unlocked inside the home of one of the other juveniles, according to the release. While handling the guns, the 14-year-old juvenile allegedly shot his friend in the head.

After an investigation conducted by Bensenville Police and the Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team (MERIT), the juvenile was taken into custody early Friday morning, Aug. 9, without incident, according to the release.

“Yesterday afternoon, a 13-year-old boy from Bensenville tragically lost his life when one of his friends allegedly discharged a gun, shooting the boy in the head," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. "This morning, the victim’s friend finds himself accused of discharging the weapon that killed his friend. This heartbreaking turn of events should serve as a reminder to parents to lock up their weapons and keep them out of reach from their children. I offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this young boy who senselessly lost his life yesterday afternoon."

“Any loss of life to gun violence is indeed a tragedy. What makes this case a particularly bitter pill to swallow for the entire community is that the victim was a 13-year-old boy. I would like to thank the responding officers and investigators in this horrible incident as well as the State’s Attorney’s Office for their guidance,” Bensenville Police Chief Dan Schulze Schulze said in the release.

The juvenile is due in court Aug. 22 in front of Judge Anderson.