Fourth of July fireworks accident kills 11-year-old Camrynn Ray McMichael; aunt claims the family will ‘never’ buy sparklers again
A fireworks accident killed an 11-year-old boy in Indiana over the Fourth of July weekend. The family was playing with fireworks in front of their suburban home when the horrific accident ended up killing Camrynn Ray McMichael and severely destroying the property.
After his death, the 11-year-old boy's aunt, Alexandra Eaton, said:
“The family will never buy fireworks again. We will all be reminded, every time we hear a firework go off, the loss of Cam.”
"I held my sons broken skull & brain in my hands last night": Mother warns playing with firecrackers is no joke
According to family members, Camrynn McMichael was severely injured and was declared dead after reaching the hospital. Later, an autopsy showed that he had sustained a fatal head injury from the accident.
Camrynn's mother claimed that he was protecting his younger sister from the fireworks, which is what took his life. In a Facebook post, she also wrote:
“I held my sons broken skull & brain in my hands last night yall.! THATS THE REALITY! Don’t even fu*king buy those damn things! I’ll never see my son again over a fu*king firework. Don’t ever think it can’t happen to yours. Seriously.”
As per the police and family members, the youngster died as the result of the explosion of a box that was apparently hit by sparks from the fireworks.
To mourn the loss of the young child, a candlelight vigil was held in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. It was organized by members of Camrynn’s school, West Elementary School.
After Cam's death, the teachers had nothing but praises for the little boy. One of the teachers said:
"He was a very fun-loving boy - always willing to make somebody smile, any way, even if it's a mischievous way. He's just the kind of kid that everybody wants to be friends with - always smiling, always happy, always there to stick up for his friends."
Aunt launched GoFundMe for Camrynn's funeral
Alexandra Eaton, Camrynn's aunt, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the 11-year-old's family "lay their babyboy to rest."
The fundraiser reads:
“My sister in law & brother in law lost their son tragically due to malfunctions of fireworks. He was only 11 years old excited to start middle school this coming year. Camrynn was all around amazing smart kid."
At the time of writing, the campaign had already exceeded its $3,500 goal and collected more than $10k in donations.