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Family members say the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy allegedly at the hands of his uncle is a tragic accident.

Twenty-three-year-old David J. Davis has been booked for Criminal Homicide for the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Kamren Shannon. The child was shot to death Friday night near 42nd and Nebraska Avenue.

Police responded to a report of a shooting around 10:15 p.m. and found Shannon suffering from a gunshot wound. The child was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Davis was taken into custody at 4223 Nebraska Avenue. He was booked into jail for Criminal Homicide and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony.

Shannon's mother says she and her son went to pay Davis a surprise visit at his home Friday night.

She says Davis thought mistakenly the knock on the door was a burglar and he fired his gun.

Three shots hit Kamren in the chest.

His family says his home was broken into in recent months and Davis had purchased a gun for protection.

Shannon was a sixth-grade student at Jesuit Middle School and one of the school's best readers.

School administrators say he had the personality and grades to be anything he wanted.

"He was just an outstanding young man with a good behavior record and one who's always helping out, always had a smile on his face," says Father Jim Michalski of Jesuit Middle School of Omaha.

The homicide took place across the street from Anne Echtinaw's house.

She says what she heard Friday night she'll never forget.

"As near as I could tell, he was almost hysterical realizing what he had done and he said 'I shot my nephew.' He said, "Oh my God, I shot my nephew,'" says Echtinaw.

Kamren Shannon was also a member of Jesuit Middle School's basketball team.

School administrators and counselors talked with some of his closest friends Saturday.

They plan to have counselors on hand at the school when students return on Monday.

The circumstances of the fatal shooting remain under investigation.


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