PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Family and friends gathered to say a final goodbye to a 4-year-old boy who was killed in an accidental shooting Easter Sunday.
Mourners filled the Prayer Tabernacle on Mobile Street on Saturday. Some held their young ones close as they said their final goodbyes to Roderick Paige.
"He was always bubbly, running around and liked to get into things," Rhonda Patton said.
Patton is the child's great aunt. She was pleased to see so many come to the funeral.
"Everybody loved him and knew him, so everybody wanted to come out and say goodbye to him," she said.
Patton said Roderick spent most of his last day at church, and she says he really enjoyed himself.
"The day he was killed, we had an Easter egg hunt at the church, and he was so excited because he got 10 eggs. He had more than any of the other little children that was his age," she said.
"It makes me feel good, because his last day he had a great day church. He had a great time playing after church. We all had a chance to say goodbye. The last thing he said to his grandmother before he left the church that day was he hugged her and he kissed her, and he told her that he loved her. So that gave her peace," Patton said.
Roderick and his family were visiting a relative in Prichard on Easter Sunday when Roderick shot himself. The District Attorney said the loaded pistol was left in the open.
No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting, but the D.A. has told FOX10 News federal charges are possible in the near future.
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