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Arizona Teen Savannah Ramirez Accidentally Kills Brother Manuel Ortiz while Playing with Gun

Savannah Ramirez (right) accidentally shot and killed brother Manuel Ortiz (left) while playing with a gun. (Photo: Facebook)

Savannah Ramirez (right) accidentally shot and killed brother Manuel Ortiz (left) while playing with a gun. (Photo: Facebook)

An Arizona teenager accidentally shot and killed her older brother while posing with a gun for Facebook photos on New Year’s Eve.

Savannah Ramirez, 19, shot her 22-year-old brother Manuel Ortiz in the head in his Phoenix apartment around 5:30 a.m. on Monday. Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said that Ramirez had been playing and posing for photos with the weapon when it discharged, killing Ortiz. Police said the pair had been drinking all night. Three other people in the apartment witnessed the horrific accident.

Sgt. Martos said Ramirez would likely be charged with manslaughter if a blood test determines she was intoxicated at the time of the shooting.

“Every New Year’s Eve, this particular sister is going to be thinking about this for the rest of her life ,” Martos told ABC 15.

One friend, who wished to remain anonymous, described the victim as a “kind, funny guy.”

“He was a very close friend to everybody,” the friend told ABC 15. “He was just always there and it’s sad because one second he’s here and the other he’s not.”

A search of both Ortiz and Ramirez’s Facebook pages found photos of both of them posing with guns and flashing gang signs.

Ortiz’s death was the latest in a string of accidental shootings. On Christmas day, 2-year-old Sincere Tymere Smith shot and killed himself with his father’s gun in Conway, South Carolina. Rondell Javon Smith, the slain toddler’s father, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

On December 18, South Dakota teen Dalton Williams was shot dead by his friend Braiden McCahren during horseplay.

And earlier that week, Ryder Rozier, a 3-year-old from Guthrie, Oklahoma, shot himself dead with a gun he found in the home of his uncle, a state policeman.

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  1. lynnJanuary 4, 2013 at 7:58 pmReply

    I know it’s all the gun’s fault …not the under age drinking:/

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