Greensburg Teen’s Death Felt By Local Relatives

Posted On March 13, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Craig Roberts Facebook photo

Craig Roberts
Facebook photo

(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.


We are not designed to bury our children their is nothing natural about a child's passing. But something sounds really suspicious about this..... I mean who leaves a loaded gun laying where a 6 year old could get their hands on it heck for that matter why was the gun loaded if he were cleaning it? I have been around guns my whole life my father had them when I was a child and my husband has always had them and they both always said that every gun should be treated as if it were loaded even if you knew for absolutely sure that it wasn't and anytime either my dad or my husband has cleaned any of their weapons the first thing that they did was take ALL the ammunition out. God bless everyone involved in this tragedy but someone needs to be held accountable for this and I don't feel it should be the 6 year old.


When is people going to learn you cant leave guns laying around. I know this was a accident, I feel for the family, When I was a child the guns weren't lock up, we knew not to touch them. Maybe they should do a  gun course in school for younger grades to teach them about guns. We are losing to many young kids to guns. God Bless the Roberts Family, May god be with you in this time of need.


@TerriLynnCarmack young child was killed a couple years ago with a gun owned by franklin county cop i beleive and nothing done there