Update: Coroner Rules Macon Teen's Shooting Death Accidental

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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:58:26 EST

August 6, 2014, Update at 4:30 p.m.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says the deadly shooting of a Macon teenager was an accident.

16-year-old Antrez Felder was found dead in his bedroom at his home on Bobby Jones lane around 4:30 a.m.Tuesday.

The coroner said the Southwest High School student was shot once in the head.

After Wednesday's autopsy, he determined he shot himself by mistake.

Felder's family thinks he may have been trying to hide the gun under his mattress.

August 5, 2014 story:

Bernice Felder experienced something no parent should ever have to when she lost her second oldest of four children.

Distraught family members and friends gather on Bobby Jones Lane to mourn the loss of 16-year old Antrez Felder.

Family members found Felder, a Southwest High School student, dead at his home with a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday morning.

Authorities say it happened just before 4:30 a.m.

Relatives say they heard a gunfire in his room and rushed to his side but it was too late.

Bibb County deputies are not sure whether Felder took his own life, was the victim of accident or was killed by someone else.

The Macon-Bibb coroner, Leon Jones says Felder was only shot once.

The family says they believe Felder was trying to hide a gun under his mattress when it accidentally went off.

His uncle  Charles Lester just spoke to him shortly before his death and was suppose to take him to school later in the morning.

Lester says Felder had a big heart and big dreams.

"He talked about going to the military after high school, he wasn't the type of person that had a pretty face and a ugly attitude, he had beauty all the way around him," Lester said.

Funeral arrangements will be made at the Bentley and Sons Funeral Home.

Felder's family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for his funeral.

To make a donation visit http://www.gofundme.com/clep2c.


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