POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 7:34pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Gun violence is taking a real toll here on the streets of Baton Rouge. The first and most shocking case of the year - when Terrance Varise, 18, accidently shot his two-year-old brother, Travin.
Neighbors and friends of Terrance Varise say his brother Travin was like his shadow, following him wherever he went.
"He practically raised the baby. It was like his son. Where he (Terrance) went, he (Travin) went. He held him, he watched him, held him, fed him, changed him like he was his child," stated their aunt.
The boys’ aunt, who didn't want to go on camera today, says though her oldest nephew loved Travin, he was making decisions she didn't like.
"I didn't want him to go through these kind of things. But bad company - that's not giving you the right direction... and I was trying to tell you baby, I was trying to tell you."
Both their aunt and mother say they had no idea a friend of Terrance's had brought the gun in to the house that night.
While they still love Terrance and forgive him for accidently shooting his baby brother, they say if they'd known the gun was there, they would have never allowed him to touch it.
"We don't fault you - an accident is an accident. But you still should have never had the gun in the house; nobody should have ever brought a gun in this house."
As for the boys’ mother, she says because of one careless mistake, her family is no more.
"Their mama can't talk because, you know, she's hurting. She lost two (sons)… she didn't just lose one."