​Teen Accidentally Kills Brother While Posting Facebook Photos

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March 25, 2013
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An Arizona teen accidentally shoots and kills her brother while playing with a gun as she posed for photos to post on her Facebook page.

On New Years Eve, Manuel Ortiz, 22, was fatally shot as he and his 19-year-old sister were messing around with a loaded pistol after a night of drinking.

They were at their Phoenix apartment at around 5:30 a.m. Monday when the gun went off, local ABC15 reported. According to authorities, Ortiz was struck in the head and died at the scene.

Three other people were at the apartment at the time, and one of them witnessed the shooting, according to ABC15.

Police interviewed the sister and released her; however, she is not off the hook yet. If it is found that she had alcohol in her system at the time of the shooting, she could face manslaughter charges.

Friends told ABC15 Ortiz was kind and funny.

“Every time he saw somebody sad, or down he would be right there making jokes so you could be happy,” said the friend, who asked not to be named.

“Even if he was just having a hard time he was always there for someone.”

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