Dad of teen killed in suspected accidental shooting: ‘He was my air’


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An 18-year-old has died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun in Chesterfield County Wednesday night, police said.

A heavy police presence descended upon the 200 block of Reams Court in Chesterfield after authorities received reports of a shooting at around 7:20 p.m. An ambulance was seen rushing from a home with its sirens on.

An 18-year-old, who was originally hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, died early Thursday morning, according to police. Investigators say the victim, who has been identified as Tavian McFarland, of Knightwood Place in Chesterfield County, accidentally shot himself with a handgun.

 “He was my air and now I can’t breathe,” his father told 8News.”‘I know you can’t hear me, but I love you.'”

Chesterfield Family Mourns Loss of 18-Year-Old son

McFarland was a graduate of James River High School.

His family is struggling to accept what investigators say happened. 

“He knew how to handle a weapon,” his mother, Mary Canada, said. “His dad was a marine. So my question is, was anyone else there? It could still be accidental, but was someone else involved in the accident?”

Tavian’s mother said her son was a talented musician.

“I want people to remember him for his bright smiles, his jokes, his music,” she said. “Your kids are supposed to bury you, not you bury your kids.”

Police continue their investigation into this incident.  Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

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