Officials would not confirm the name of the boy killed; however, those close to the family and other sources have identified the boy as Joe Andy Cardenas, 13.
According to obituary information supplied by the family, Cardenas is survived by his parents Armando and Janie Gonzales and three brothers and three sisters.
Investigator John Davis said the accident happened at about 4:22 p.m. Friday as three boys, ages 9, 12 and 13, were shooting in a trash pit at a residence on Moore Street just outside the city limits.
Davis said it appeared that the pit was a regular site for target practice.
The three apparently had been shooting a .22-caliber rifle for some time when the 13-year-old was struck in the head by a bullet fired accidentally.
The victim was flown to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead Saturday.
According to his obituary, Cardenas was a student at Moreno Middle School.
“He enjoyed life to its fullest and his friends were his God given gifts to him,” his obituary reads. “Dancing, Tejano Music, sports playing video games and BBQ were part of his enjoyment in life. His love and his tender way of caring were very heartfelt towards all that loved him and cared for him. His way of being kind, caring and loving will live in the souls of all he touched.”
A Rosary to be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated there on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Davis said Investigator Adam Levine was in charge of the case. He was assisted at the scene by other law enforcement officers and deputies including Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr., Chief Deputy Alden Southmayd, Deputy Sgt. Derek Franco, Investigator Delilah Pier-Rodriguez, Highway Patrol Trooper Kolton Kendall and several Beeville Police Department officers.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.