BERKELEY (KCBS) – It was a sad day at Berkeley High School on Monday, where students learned of the death of a popular ninth grader.

Fourteen-year-old Malik Grayson was shot on October 30 and died five days later at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Many of his friends were saddened by the news and said he would be missed.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“He was cool. He was nice. He wasn’t bad or anything,” said a friend.

The high school has set up a grief room, where counselors spent the day talking to students about the boy’s death.

The victim’s cousin, Kenneth, said Malik was a promising running back on the freshman football team.

He said he’s used to hearing gunshots occasionally, but this is the first time he’s lost someone close to him.

“It’s very new to me. It’s very shocking,” Kenneth said.

Police have arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting, but Kenneth said the suspect is Malik’s best friend and the gun went off by accident when they were playing around.

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  1. NRA Life Member says:

    Once again, the liberal media tries to make the machine the target of your disdain. Modern guns do not “go off by accident”. There are many safety features designed in to prevent accidental discharges. The firearm was loaded, the trigger was pulled and the gun performed as designed. If the person who pulled the trigger didn’t realize it was loaded, then that person is an idiot.

    This gun was illegally possessed by a minor (probably a gang member), misused by “playing around” and subsequently used in the commission of a felony, resulting in the death of a 14 yr old. The mechanical device (firearm) was not responsible for any of these acts. Place the responsibility where it belongs.

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