Greensburg Teen’s Death Felt By Local Relatives
By Mike Perleberg
(Greensburg, Ind.) – The death of a 13-year-old boy in Greensburg is hitting home for a family in Greendale.
Investigators say Craig Roberts died Tuesday evening about 5:43 when he was accidentally shot in his home on North Carver Street in Greensburg.
The boyfriend of Roberts’ mother was reportedly cleaning a gun, which was then left unloaded and unattended on a table. The boyfriend’s six-year-old son grabbed the firearm and pulled the trigger. The bullet struck Roberts in the side. He would later die at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.
Ebbie Roberts, of Greendale, is Craig Roberts’ uncle. The tragic death, of course, has left the family shaken.
“The family is taking it pretty rough. No doubt about that,” Roberts tells Eagle 99.3.
Craig Roberts was a well-like kid at Greensburg Junior High School, were counseling is being provided to students. He was a member of the National Junior Honors Society and participated in many school activities. The teen was to participate in an upcoming archery tournament in Indianapolis.
“He was a super kid. It’s a great loss,” Ebbie said.
The Decatur County Prosecutor’s Office is now weighing whether to file neglect charges against the mother’s boyfriend for allowing the gun to get into the child’s hands.
Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen said Craig Roberts’ death serves as a reminder that all firearms should be treated as if they are loaded, and that firearms should be stored and locked away from children who might be curious about guns.
Visitation for Craig Roberts’ friends and family will be held Sunday, March 16 from 1:00-7:00 p.m. at Gilliland Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral services begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 17 at United Methodist Church of Greensburg.