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Grandmother: Gun that shot 10-year-old was bought on street to ward off bullies

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MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - The 10-year-old boy who was killed in an accidental shooting will be buried Saturday. 

Alfreddie Gipson's family said he died in freak accident made possible because his teenage brother had trouble with bullies.

"He's in a better place, because this is hell we're living in now. He's in a better place," said Alfreddie's grandmother, Angela Gipson.

On Christmas Day, police said Alfreddie was accidentally shot and killed by a gun that had been hidden under a mattress by his 15-year-old brother.

The Gipson's said the gun was secretly placed there by the 15-year-old, who had bought the gun off the street only two weeks prior.  His family says he bought it because he was being bullied, both at school and in the neighborhood, by gang members who wanted to recruit him.

"He feel like he was backed into that corner," said the boys' grandmother.

She said the bullying started roughly three or four months ago.

"He told his mom about it...so we went to the school to try to solve the problem, but the principal and the coach, they didn't really want to help us out. I guess mostly they were saying handle it your way," she said. 

Gipson said she does not blame the school, her grandson, or anyone else.

"I just say it's god's will," she said.

Though she wishes the gun had never made it into the house.

"I hate that kids even have to touch a gun, even grown-ups, because things happen that we regret after it happened. And we can't change it. Now Freddie is gone and he's not coming back," said Gipson. 

A somber fact of death, with which this family is left to struggle.

Visitation for Alfreddie Gipson was held Friday. 

His funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. on the Brinkley Heights campus on Rosamond Avenue.

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