PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Family members said they are mourning the loss of a 4-year-old little boy in Prichard. Officials said Roderick Paige died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Easter Sunday. Now, the child's uncle is calling for action.
Paige's Uncle Trent Campbell wears a smile when he thinks about his nephew.
"He loved to play, and he always had a big smile on his face," said Campbell.
Campbell's girlfriend Keia Taylor said the tragedy has hit the family hard.
"He will be greatly missed by all of us," said Taylor.
Monday, April 1, Campbell and Taylor were at Prichard Police Headquarters looking for answers. So far, they know very little about the tragedy.
"He just picked it up and killed himself. Can't get my nephew back," said Campbell.
Campbell said the 4-year-old was at his aunt's house.
It's still unclear how he got hold of the gun. The shooting has shaken the whole family especially Roderick's older brother, who Campbell said was in the room at the time.
"He saw it all. He came to me in the kitchen and said, ‘My brother just shot himself in front of me. I didn't know why he did it,'" said Campbell.
Now Campbell and Taylor want something done.
"Parents need to be more responsible leaving weapons out around children," said Campbell.
They want action taken and say they will keep fighting in Roderick's honor.
So far, police have not filed any criminal charges.
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