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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 40-year-old woman was shot while sitting in a car. Now two 16-year-old boys are charged in her killing. According to Kansas City Police, the shooting happened near Thompson and Oakley around 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Relatives of 40-year-old Tina Castro, say she was in the front passenger seat.  Castro's relative and a 16-year-old friend were sitting in the back. Other relatives say the teens were playing with stolen guns.

"Gumba said that they had taken the clip out and that they were, I guess cleaning it. Well the other, the kid was kind of twirling it around and somehow the gun managed to go off," Castro's sister-in-law, Amanda French told FOX 4.

French said a single bullet struck Castro.

"She was lying down and I guess when it went through the seat, it hit her in the right lung and Gumba said she sat up and said, 'I've been shot,' and said she looked back and the last thing she said was, 'I love you,'" French explained.

Castro died on scene. Police say the boys were arrested nearby and prosecutors say both are charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the apparent accidental shooting.

"It's unbelievable. It's almost like you don't want to think that he could even be a part of that," French said.

Now relatives are tasked with planning Castro's memorial service, while at the same time trying to help Castro's 16-year-old relative deal with the pain and consequences that come with the crime.

"He knew not to play with firearms. He's been told many times. Those things are dangerous," French said.

The boys have been charged as juveniles and their names are not being released.

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8 comments

  • Ben

    If the family told the boys not to play with the guns, why didn’t anyone of them with a tiny bit of good sense just take the guns away. What parent or relative allows their kids to play with guns. Arrest the boys and their negligent parents. Sounds like none of them have any sense.

  • George

    These were not kids and they do not deserve any respect. Their stupidity and foolishness in adoption of the gangster culture has resulted in the death of someone who should still be alive. Granted it sounds suspicious that Castro was hanging out with these individuals to begin with, we’ll never know her side of the story because two wannabe thugs killed her. Guns don’t just “go off”; it’s a conscious decision to fire one at a person.

  • anonymous

    I would appreciate the negative comments to stop being this is my aunt & cousin the women who they took the report from knows NOTHING about what has happened & shouldn’t have spoken in the first place. ! please if you don’t know the facts then please keep comments to yourself as you’d want the same if this was your family .

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry for the loss and heartache that comes from this type of accident. The comments on the board are made in response to the article as it was reported as “truth”. Guns don’t kill people, however the misuse of them absolutely can. If you can as a relative shed some light on the accident please do. The kids should not have had firearms in the car in the first place stolen or not stolen. They are under age for legal carry. If they were properly trained in the use of firearms, this would never have happened. I know that is of no comfort to the family of the victim, but it is unlikely that any responsible adult would be laying down in the front seat while two 16 year olds check out stolen guns in the back seat as reported. It is obvious to me that certain details have been missed in this story and or reported inaccurately to villainize the firearms that, had they not been stolen from their rightful owner in the first place could not have been used here. Again only going by what is reported.