Community grieving 9-year old's death

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Grief counselors are at Bell Elementary after the death of a student.
"He was a very loving kid, very kind kid," explains Wayne County Superintendent John Dalton, "he left a lasting impression on everyone he met. The mood was very somber here today, lots of students and teachers were emotional."

Police say nine-year old Malcolm Pennycuff was accidentally shot to death by his brother Wednesday night. Officials with Kentucky State Police say the 11-year old brother and Malcum were playing with their dad's gun at their home when the shot was accidentally fired. Detectives tell 27 Newsfirst that deadly shot came from a .22 caliber rifle.

"He was a beautiful young boy, always playing around the house," explains close family friend and next door neighbor Darrell Piercy. "You'd be doing something and he'd want to help you do it. When I'd be mowing the yard he'd always want to ride the mower with me, just such a gentle soul," explains Piercy.

Piercy has lived next door the the Pennycuff family for more than five years. He says the two brothers were like sons to him and his family.
"It bother you when it's a kid but it bothers you more when it's right at your own door, it's a different story. It really hurt me bad because he was like one of my own."

State police say this is an on-going investigation, and that since two juveniles are involved, they are not releasing a lot of information.

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