The uncle of an 11-year-old boy who shot himself dead during a Zoom school class says it was a ‘freak accident’.
Adan Llanos died in the hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself at home during an online class, police said.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, the boy’s paternal uncle Luis Llanos said although his brother kept guns at his Woodbridge, California home, they were locked in a safe and his three children were taught gun safety.
Llanos said Adan and his older brother and sister were very happy and loved, and that the death was a tragic accident.
The uncle, himself a father of two, broke down in tears describing the ‘kind, well-mannered, happy’ boy, calling his mother Mirna and father Juan ‘the best parents anyone could ever wish for.’
Adan Llanos, 11, died Wednesday after he shot himself during his online Zoom class, with the microphone and camera off . In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, the boy’s paternal uncle Luis Llanos called the shooting a ‘freak accident’
Llanos said his brother, Adan’s father Juan, kept guns at his Woodbridge, California home, and they were locked in a safe and his three children were taught gun safety
‘The whole situation that happened, it was just a freak accident,’ Llanos said. ‘All we know is what I overheard family talking to each other about when we were at the hospital and praying for my nephew before his passing.
Uncle Luis Llanos broke down in tears describing the ‘kind, well-mannered, happy’ boy, calling his parents ‘the best parents anyone could ever wish for’
‘They were at home. His sister was in the other room on her Zoom class and heard a gunshot. She ran into the other room to find her brother, then ran to get help, got the neighbors. The police and the ambulances showed up.’
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene shortly after 11am after receiving several calls reporting that a person had been shot.
Llanos said his brother was called at work with the news, and the whole family rushed to the house.
‘All the family rushed over. There was about 30 of us sitting outside because we couldn’t go inside because of Covid,’ he said.
The uncle told DailyMail.com he did not know how Adan, a sixth-grader at Woodbridge Elementary School, got hold of a gun, and that his brother was careful with gun safety around his children.
‘I know they have a gun safe. But I know my brother was always gun safe and aware of all the gun safety laws and regulations. He was always very smart about teaching his kids not to touch them,’ he said.
‘When they would go to the range he was always very adamant about how to be safe and how to handle a gun.’
A view of deputies parked near the shooting site in Woodbridge in San Joaquin County, California above
Luis posted on Facebook that he was a ‘wonderful child full of life and joy’, adding ‘He was not suicidal!’
Adan pictured with his mother Mirna in this social media photo. ‘I love your endless facial expressions!!! I’m not sure how I got so lucky to be your mommy! But I thank the lord above I can call you mine!’ she captioned the photo
Deputies are still investigating the details of the shooting. It is not clear whose gun Adan was using in the incident.
A GoFundMe page set up by Adan’s aunt has been started to help with funeral expenses. The fund has already raised over $26,000.
Llanos said he had spent a lot of time with his brother’s children looking after them, and said they were happy and well-raised.
‘My brother and my sister-in-law are the best parents anyone could ever wish for. They loved that child, they loved their kids and they provided a great living for them,’ he said.
‘They spoiled those kids with love and with gifts and everything they ever needed. They raised them to be the best and most kind well-mannered children. I’ve never met any other kids that have been more respectful than them.
‘These parents devoted their lives to provide everything for those kids, and their kids came first no matter what, over everything.’
A GoFundMe page set up by Adan’s aunt has been started to help with funeral expenses. The fund has already raised over $26,000
‘My brother and my sister-in-law are the best parents anyone could ever wish for. They loved that child, they loved their kids and they provided a great living for them,’ Llanos said
Adan had already experienced a loss at age nine, when a close friend of the family, Evencio Huerta, died age 27 in 2018.
Llanos said Adan’s family played a central role supporting Huerta’s family after the sudden death.
‘We had planned a lifetime worth of memories because we thought we had a lifetime to make them!’ Mirna wrote on Facebook after Huerta’s death in 2018.
‘So now we are left to cherish the ones we made in the short time we were given! We love you E! #bffffffff #thinkingofE #imthe3rdwheel #mrllanos #E #mrsllanos’
After the gunshot rang out on Wednesday morning, neighbors reported hearing the young child’s sister run out of the house screaming for help.
The children were alone in the house at the time.
Adan had already experienced a loss at age nine, when a close friend of the family, Evencio Huerta, died age 27 in 2018. ‘We had planned a lifetime worth of memories because we thought we had a lifetime to make them!’ Mirna wrote on Facebook after Huerta’s death in 2018.
‘The sister came here, banging on the door,’ one neighbor who called for help said to KCRA.
‘That little boy was one the nicest little boys you’ll ever want to know. He was special. Easygoing. He was the type of person who would never hurt anybody. Soft-spoken, with a beautiful smile,’ the neighbor added.
The Lodi Unified School District released a statement following the incident saying: ‘We are deeply saddened to share that a student from Woodbridge Elementary School passed away today as a result of a gunshot wound.’
‘Our thoughts are with the family affected by this terrible tragedy. We also offer our condolences to the Woodbridge Elementary community,’ the district added, offering counseling and bereavement support services to students and staff.
Woodbridge Elementary School started the 2020-21 school year with all students learning from home.