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Police: Sister fatally shoots 7-year-old brother

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published March 12, 2012 at 10:06 p.m. Updated March 13, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.

— A 9-year-old girl fatally shot her 7-year-old brother while their parents were briefly away from their apartment, police said.

The girl, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, told authorities two men broke in and shot 7-year-old Zeus Diviaio, but police believe she actually pulled the trigger.

"[The father] stated that his daughter often told stories, and he did not believe his apartment had been entered by anyone," police wrote in a report, describing the girl as having "high-functioning autism."

The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. Monday as Zeus and his older sister were in their home at 1502 Green Mountain Drive. The parents, identified in the report as Guy and Dara Diviaio, were reportedly signing paperwork at the rental office and had been gone only minutes when they returned to find the boy shot in the chest.

Zeus was transported from the apartment to Baptist Hospital, where he later died.

Investigators found no signs of forced entry to the apartment and nothing was missing. According to the report, police recovered two handguns from a gun case in the bedroom. Blood marks and a large pool of blood were nearby.

Little Rock Police Department Sgt. Cassandra Davis said the case is being forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review.


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mammaj says... March 12, 2012 at 10:53 p.m.

"self-inflicted or not". . . these are young children. Shouldn't the statement read, not sure which child accidentally discharged the weapon?

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Redlab says... March 12, 2012 at 10:57 p.m.

Why did these children have access to a weapon????? Guess the parents didn't lock it up which is negligent.

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cheezhed112179 says... March 13, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.

I feel awful for everyone involved here, I do however have to say this is becoming an epidemic and parents need to be charged with something big. This is a huge short coming on the parent's part. Guns in the home are fine with responsible adults. A responsible adult knows a child will play with a gun whether or bot you have taught them not to. They will do it even if it is the best behaved aNd smartest child in the world. Why??? Because the are CHILDREN!!! Guns need to be kept locked away, never ever accessible by kids. Bullets should be kept separate. This should have never happened.

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LevyRat says... March 13, 2012 at 5:43 p.m.

I have always been against any control on firearms, I have always believed that we have a right to "bear arms".

This is just too sad, if dim wits like these people can't keep their guns away from children, then maybe we should start talking about doing away with hand guns.

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