Michael Cattron

Little Michael Cattron was at home Friday night watching cartoons when he died of an “apparently accidental” gunshot wound, police say, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The 6-year-old boy was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon, with his family left trying to come to terms with what happened—another family member lost to a gun. Michael’s uncle was killed last year, and his mother was lost last summer, both to gun violence in the city, the Tribune notes.


“It feels like I’m floating,” Pierre Curry, Michael’s grandfather, told the Tribune. “I have to take deep, deep breaths. I just can’t believe it.”

The details regarding the boy’s death are still not clear. According to the news site, some relatives say the boy accidentally shot himself, while others say that it was a relative—another child who was playing in the house with him—who accidentally pulled the trigger. There have been no reports as to who owned the gun or how the gun came to be in the child’s possession. 

Curry told the Tribune that Michael’s father was watching him and other young relatives but went outside to smoke a cigarette. “He heard a popping sound, a boom. One boom,” Curry said. “He came inside and saw him lying in front of the TV.'”


Curry saw his grandson before he died but said that he could barely look at the child. “It just tore me up,” he said. “I kissed him and told him I loved him, but the way he looked, I couldn’t take it.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.