BRECKENRIDGE, Mo. -- Twelve-year-old Steven Curtis loved playing on his school's football team and next fall the Superintendent of Breckenridge Schools says the 7th grader was looking forward to joining his school's basketball team. However, Steven's dreams were suddenly and tragically dashed after he died on Saturday.
"It's a big shock for all of us. I can't imagine what his parents are going through, " said school superintendent Brent Skinner.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, Caldwell County Sheriff's deputies went to the Curtis family's home after getting an emergency call. When investigators arrived they learned Steven had apparently mishandled a gun and accidentally shot himself in the head.
The boy was flown to a Kansas City hospital where he died over the weekend.
On Monday, Steven's father was too distraught to talk on camera, but he told FOX 4's Robert Townsend he doesn't know how his son got the gun from a locked cabinet
that was in their living room.
Grief counselors were at Breckenridge High School Monday helping students cope with the sudden loss of their friend.
"He was always smiling, always laughing. Just a fine young man, " says neighbor Pam Adamson.
Steven's parents weren't home at the time of the accidental shooting. The boy's 13-year-old sister and 16-year-old brother were in another room when the gun went off.
The superintendent says last year Steven completed a gun safety course and received a certificate from the Conservation Department.
The seventh grader's funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at Breckenridge High School, 400 W. Colfax in Breckenridge, Mo.