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Chesterfield Boy Killed By Stray Bullet Laid To Rest

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CHESTERFIELD, VA—The funeral for the 7-year-old Chesterfield County boy who was struck and killed by a stray bullet as he walked with his family to a July 4th fireworks display was held Friday.

Brendon Mackey, 7, died Friday, July 5 after he was struck by a stray bullet the night of July 4th as he was walked with his family to a fireworks show in Brandermill over the Swift Creek Reservoir.

Police believe the shot was fired randomly into the air, likely some distance away from the fireworks celebration.  

A funeral was held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Brandermill Church in Chesterfield County. Mackey was remembered during a memorial service at The Brandermill Church on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Chesterfield Police released information saying the bullet which struck Brendon was a .40-caliber round. That caliber bullet could have been fired from multiple types of gun manufacturers, including GLOCK, Heckler & Koch, IMI, Kahr Arms and Vektor Pistols. 

Authorities said the bullet that struck Brendon was likely fired from a handgun.

Police say Brendon fell to the ground just before 9 p.m. Thursday. Bystanders rushed to help the boy and discovered he was bleeding from the head. Brendon was rushed to VCU Medical Center where doctors discovered a gunshot wound in the top of his head.

Chesterfield Police continue to ask for the public's help in identifying who fired the shot that fatally struck the child.

Anyone who may have fired a gun or knows someone who was firing a gun within a five-mile radius of Swift Creek Reservoir Thursday night is asked to call police immediately at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Stay with 8News for updates.

 

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