"He was my weakness. My only son. My youngest child. I will never be the same again," his grief-stricken mom shared.
Trigger warning: This article contains themes of gun violence that some readers may find distressing.
A 6-year-old boy who loved playing video games was senselessly shot to death in bed. A group of suspects fired several rounds at his Lynchburg, Virginia home on Monday night while he was playing video games in his bedroom. The victim has been identified as Kingston Campbell. "To know someone could be so careless and do that to him breaks my heart," the grieving mom Shay Fowler said, per local NBC affiliate station 10 News.
Surveillance footage captured multiple suspects firing into the boy's house just after 11 p.m. When police arrived, the kindergartner was already dead. The Lynchburg Police Department released a statement condoning the murder and said it was a "senseless tragedy stemming from a violent criminal act" in a society with no place for such acts, according to PEOPLE.
They also said the LPD is striving to protect the residents and visitors of the community daily by partnering up with the members of the community to utilize their knowledge of criminal activities in and around the area. This would also enable them to perform their duty more effectively. They also requested the residents to come forward and let them know any details about the incident since the victim's family deserves to know.
Va. Boy, 6, Is Fatally Shot While Playing Video Games in His Bed: 'My Baby Was Such a Sweet Boy' https://t.co/kSoJhfdSdL— People (@people) May 4, 2023
The Virginia boy is remembered for how he loved laughing, dancing, and being silly. Most of all, for his love for video games. A statement from his mother, Shay Fowler, also talked about how Kingston loved video games and electronics. She said that he would literally sneak and play on his Nintendo Switch into the night just so that he could play Roblox or Fortnite. Kingston's two older sisters were "right beside him" at the time of the incident and witnessed him die doing what he loved: playing video games.
Absolutely heartbreaking tragedy in Lynchburg this week 💔 https://t.co/Q3FdPRivRe— Sydney Jaxtheimer (@SydneyWSLS10) May 4, 2023
The little boy also loved snuggling stuffed animals, singing with his "beautiful voice" and making others laugh with his silly dance moves. "I'm hurt that it had to be my child, but I pray that no one else has to go through this pain that I have to," his mother continued. She further stated that it'd be a struggle for her and her daughters to move on in life as they are going to need some time to heal. She condoned the incident and said that it breaks her heart to know someone could be so careless as to do something like this. "My baby was such a sweet boy. Kingston had me wrapped around his little finger," she said. "He was my weakness. My only son. My youngest child. I will never be the same again."
None of the suspects have been arrested and the police are asking for the public's help identifying the shooters. A GoFundMe is also set up to collect donations for the funeral and for any help to the family.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Detective T. Hall at 434-455-6155 or Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.
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