Robert Taylor III, 13, of Cartersville died Dec. 29 as the result of an accidental shooting.
Robert was described as a quiet boy with a sweet disposition who loved baseball so much he told friends he would one day build a baseball field in heaven.
“He spent a lot of time at our house,” said Tammy Marcaurelle, one of the vigil organizers. “I was blessed to have known him.”
Robert, an eighth-grader at Woodland Middle School in Bartow County, was shot and killed in a friend’s home on Wednesday.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, the shooting — which involved a shotgun — was accidental.
The gunshot wound was not self-inflicted, Millsap said.
Another young boy was involved in the incident, but his name and age have not been released to the public.
Millsap said no foul play is suspected, and the shooting is being treated as an accident. However authorities are continuing to investigate.
“We are 99.78-percent sure it was accidental,” Millsap said.
Deputies were called to the Freedom Drive home at around 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 29 in reference to a juvenile being hurt. When officers entered the home they found Robert with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Cartersville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
According to neighbors, the other young man was taken to Floyd Medical the night of Dec. 29. Millsap confirmed this, saying the boy was not injured and was taken for evaluation.
“It is a tragedy,” Millsap said. “It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to go home and hug your 14-year-old, because I have one.”
Marcaurelle’s son, Nick, was one of Robert’s close friends. She and fellow organizer, Brandy Shaw, described Robert as wonderful and kind.
“Meeting him, I feel like I won the lottery,” said Robert’s baseball coach Willie Burge. “This young man made an impression on my life.”
Robert had played one season of baseball for the Tsunami in Bartow County, and was a favorite among his teammates, Burge said.
“We shall hold hands and ride this storm together,” Burge told those in attendance at Dec. 30’s vigil.
Parnick Jennings Funeral Homes in Cartersville is in charge of funeral services for Robert. No date for the funeral has been set.