Family of teen shot while at friend's house speaks out

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

WICKENBURG, Ariz. -- The sister of a Wickenburg teenager shot while at a friend’s house believes it was a terrible accident.

“I know it was an accident,” Baileigh Baker told 3TV. “I solely believe it was an accident.”

The shooting happened on Friday night. Brady Baker, 13, was taken off of life support over the weekend, according to family members.

“He was amazing. He was an amazing brother. I wish his time wouldn’t have come so soon,” said Baker.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident, but a spokesman said it appears Brady’s friend, another 13-year-old boy, accidentally fired a shot which killed Brady.

Apparently, according to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the shooter's father had been worried about the family's safety so he left the gun with the kids thinking they would be able to protect themselves.

MCSO is meeting with officials from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to discuss whether charges will be filed.

A family member at the home of the other teen involved declined to comment on circumstances surrounding the shooting, but said both families are grieving. He described the boys as best friends, like brothers.

Meanwhile, grief counselors were made available today at Vulture Peak Middle School where Brady would have entered 8th grade this Fall.

“Brady was a quality young man,” said Principal Marcia Hespen. “Fun loving, great person, great smile. He will be missed.”

Principal Hespen said counselors will be available as needed, especially as students return to class next week.

Friends and loved ones of Baker are now organizing fundraisers and events in the teen's memory.

“It’s hard to wrap my mind about it,” said Baileigh Baker.

Brady had just celebrated his birthday a little more than a week ago.

“He was just a joyful child,” said Baker. “He loved to live life.”

A car wash will be held this Wednesday at the “Old Jones Ford Lot” on Wickenburg Way, across from Chase Bank. Another car wash is expected to be held on Saturday.

A “Brady Baker Memorial Fund” has also been set up at U.S. Bank.

Deputies: Teen shot, shooter’s father left gun with kids intentionally