ANDERSON, Ind.– Classmates of a Middletown teenager accidentally shot and killed by his brother gathered Wednesday to grieve and remember their friend.
Logan Anthony Armendariz, 13, died after being shot in Anderson. He suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. It happened Monday afternoon in the 5700 block of Park Road.
Anderson police tell Fox 59 that the boy’s younger brother shot him. According to investigators, the brother got inside a locked closet and a locked gun safe. The safe held five guns–four of which were unloaded. One revolver had a single bullet in the chamber.
Armendariz was a member of Eastside Church of God. He finished sixth grade at Daleville Community Schools and was getting ready to start seventh grade. According to his obituary from the Robert D. Loose Funeral Home, he was an honor roll student who loved playing and watching baseball, basketball and football. He also spent nine years playing little league.
“Had a great smile,” remembered Kim Beard, Principal of Daleville Elementary School. “(He) was kind, loved to have fun, loved sports, honor roll student. (He) was a really, really sweet kid.”
Students wrote messages to Armendariz and his family on a poster board and spoke with grief counselors about their loss.
Seventh graders Matthew Pryor and Griffin Hisle said they were looking forward to starting the new school year with Armendariz.
“He’ll be really missed,” said Pryor. “We’ll all miss his personality at school.”
This is the second tragedy the school system has faced in a matter of months. In May, students said goodbye to a 2nd-grader who died from cancer.
Visitation for Armendariz is Friday at Eastside Church of God. A private family funeral will follow. For more information, visit the website for Robert D. Louis Funeral Home.