13-Year-Old Boy To Be Tried As Adult For Shooting His 9-Year-Old Brother To Death


Brayden Leroy Wright from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, who is 13 years old, will face trial as an adult for fatally shooting his 9-year-old brother. According to reports, during a game of cops and robbers, Brayden shot his younger brother in the head at approximately 6 a.m. on July 8. Following the incident, he immediately called 911.

1. The Little Boy Was Watching TV When He Was Shot

As per The Patriot-News, Brayden reportedly confessed to the police that he was upset with his younger brother for not following his instructions during their game and instead lying on the couch to watch TV. It was at this point that the 13-year-old retrieved his father's loaded 9mm handgun and shot his brother in the back of the head.

2. Yes, Brayden Knew The Gun Was Loaded When He Pulled The Trigger

Upon his arrest, Brayden openly confessed to the authorities about the incident. The gun used in the shooting was reportedly stored in a console within the couch and belonged to the boys' father, Mark Snyder, who kept it for home protection. Shockingly, this firearm and another one in the household were both left loaded and unsecured.

3. Brayden Put The Gun Back After He Shot His Brother

After the shooting, Brayden called 911 and falsely reported that someone had fallen inside the house. Upon arrival, paramedics discovered the 9-year-old boy bleeding and experiencing cardiac arrest. Tragically, the victim passed away shortly after being transported to Waynesboro Hospital.

4. The Family Has Started A GoFundMe To Raise Fees

According to the page, the funds raised will be utilized to cover the funeral expenses of Jonvian, provide counseling services to the three sisters of the boys, and assist with legal fees for Brayden. The incident has drastically impacted the lives of everyone involved. As stated on the page, "Yesterday forever changed all our lives. We not only lost a 9 yr old precious little boy, but we could potentially lose his 13yr old brother."

5. Brayden Faces 25 Years To Life In Prison

Brayden was charged with first-degree criminal homicide and second-degree aggravated assault upon his arrest. These charges are severe and can result in a significant prison sentence, potentially even life imprisonment. While Brayden clearly requires assistance due to his troubled state of mind, it is uncertain whether incarcerating him for the remainder of his life will have any positive impact. This is a difficult and tragic situation.