Family Members Remember 15-Year-Old Shooting Victim
by Shannon Royster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Family members of Kevin Barbee have been mourning the loss of the 15-year-old after he was struck and killed Tuesday while a group of friends were handling a handgun.
Kevin Barbee was a son, a brother and his dad Kedrin Barbee says he was so much more.
"That was my best friend," said Kedrin.
Kevin's dad said their bond was an incredible one.
"He would always tell me thank you, and I would say for what," said Kedrin. "He would say because you're my dad, and I love you."
It was a bond Kevin's mother Alicia Mahdi said they never thought would be broken.
"Families are hurt and were destroyed," she said. "My life will never be the same."
On Tuesday, January 28th, Barbee left for a friend's house in Hermitage, but he never returned.
Police said 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson was playing with a gun when it went off, striking Kevin in the face. While Robinson's attorney said it was an accident, Kevin's mom wants her son's death to serve as a lesson to other teens.
"These kids who play with guns and post pictures on Facebook like it's fun, and it's not," she said. "We are all affected. I don't want anybody worried about their son when they go to their friend's house thinking their son might not come back."
Kevin's family also wants people to know what kind of person the world will miss out on.
"He just cared about people and family," said Mahdi.
Mahdi said his goal was to become a chef.
"I worked night shift and he would make me breakfast when I was tired," she said. "He took care of me."
Now this family only has memories of those loving moments and special times shared. The promise of a bright future for their son Mahdi said has been destroyed.
"You wouldn't think in a million years that when your kid leaves the house to go play they won't ever come back," she said.
Arrangements for Kevin's funeral have been set. The viewing will be held on Tuesday, February 4, at The River Church on Stewarts Ferry Pike from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The funeral will follow at a.m.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.