TAYLOR MILL, Ky. (FOX19) – Relatives of a Northern Kentucky 16-year-old who police say was shot and killed by another teen want justice.
Jaden Casey was shot in the neck area inside a Taylor Mill house Sunday, a police report shows.
He was taken in critical condition with a spine injury to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and lingered on life support until Thursday, when he was pronounced dead, his family said.
The initial police investigation determined 19-year-old David Jesse Henry possessed a gun he knew was stolen. He caused serious physical injury to Jaden, an incident report shows.
Now, Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders tells FOX19 NOW Henry’s charges will be upgraded to manslaughter to hold Henry accountable for Jaden’s death.
One of the victim’s relatives tells FOX19 NOW the gun went off while Henry was showing it off to the people the room, including Jaden.
“He was messing with the gun and I guess ... the safety was broken,” Jaden’s stepmother Chelsea Hensley said. “He tried to cock it back, and get the trigger, and somehow he just shot Jaden.”
Another relative, however, said the suspect, the homeowner, the homeowner’s son and Jaden, were all in a home on Sugarcamp Road watching Sunday Night Football.
The suspect pulled up a stool in front of Jaden, cocked the gun - and it went off, the relative said.
“It was no accident,” the relative tells FOX19 NOW. “He stole that gun to shoot Jaden for messing with his girlfriend.”
Hospital staff and Jaden’s friends stood in an “honor walk” in the hospital hallway into surgery after being taken off life support.
His organs were donated, which his family said saved seven to eight lives.
Services for Jaden will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Floral Hills Memorial Park.
His family says the public is welcome.
Hensley said she has a message for Henry.
“I would just like him to understand the seriousness of what he’s done," Hensley said. “And the hurt and the pain that the complete devastation he’s caused.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe for funeral expenses.