A beloved 11-year-old boy tragically shot suicide during an online Zoom class.
The child, identified as Adan Llanos, was attending a sixth-grade virtual class at Woodbridge Elementary School in San Joaquin County, California, when he pointed a gun at himself with the camera and microphone turned off, according to reports.
Officers are still investigating the details of the shooting.
It is not clear whose gun he used in the incident.
After hearing a firearm in his room, Adan’s sister – also in a remote learning class elsewhere in the house – burst into the room to find her mortally wounded brother.
She then told her teacher calling for help, reports the Lodi News-Sentinel.
Deputies responded to the house and found the child with a head injury.
He was rushed to a hospital and sadly died of his self-inflicted injuries, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office said on social media.
Police said the boy’s family was by his side in the hospital before he died.
“Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected by this tragic event,” the Sheriff’s Office said on their Facebook page.
Adan’s aunt told local media that the family was unwilling to comment in the media about the boy’s death, but that the tragic death was an accident.
A Facebook tribute post, apparently from the tragic boy’s uncle, also denied reports that the boy had committed suicide.
Luis Llano wrote: “With heavy hearts we inform everyone that my cousin on December 2; Adan Manuel Llanos, has passed away and is in heaven. “
He was a wonderful child full of life and joy. He was the most respectful and sweetest boy I’ve ever had the honor of calling my cousin!
“I ask guys to please help our family in need, provided they share the mail! We ask all of you to refrain from speculation and when you see comments, politely ask them to say only positive things.
‘He wasn’t suicidal! This young man was an angel we were allowed to know! “
Another family member launched one fundraising page for his Thursday morning funeral expenses, which has raised $ 25,000 (£ 18,500) so far.
Neil Young, head teacher at Woodbridge Elementary, the school Adan attended, told the local newspaper that everyone at the school knew the boy well and cared about him.
“He was very loving,” said Young. “He always cared about others and was always aware when someone around him felt down. He was always looking to put a smile on people’s faces. “
The school district has set up specialized advisory services for the students.