Joshua Turner Jr., known affectionately as J.J., died in his father’s arms on Saturday afternoon as his mother yelled for help at their Independence, Kansas, home.
Rather than celebrating Father’s Day, the devastated parents were yesterday planning their firstborn’s funeral and waiting for a coroner’s report.
Joshua, who turned 3 in January, pulled out the gun to play with after his mom left the room briefly, the grieving family said on Sunday.
Barely audible and still in shock, Dawn Turner, Joshua’s mom, told the Kansas City Star: ‘It is simply horrible.’
The boy’s grandmother, Juanita Rhodus described how the family are feeling to the paper: ‘Our world is shattered. Our hearts, broken.’