A Memphis, Tennessee, family is devastated and trying to cope with the loss of their 4-year-old son.
Ayden Robinson was accidentally shot and killed by his 3-year-old brother Monday at the Pershing Park Apartments in Frayser, authorities said.
When WHBQ-TV spoke with the boys' parents on Tuesday, their emotions were still raw from the tragic death.
Precious Wright and Travis Robinson are not only grieving their child’s loss but also figuring out how they are going to pay for his funeral.
“I wish he could come back,” Wright said. “I just want my baby to come back.”
Wright was understandably emotional as she described the loss. On Monday afternoon, Wright rushed Ayden to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital after he was shot accidentally by his brother.
Police said Ayden and his little brother, Jayden, found an unattended gun in a dresser drawer inside the apartment. Investigators confirmed that the boys were alone inside that room when the shooting happened.
“Ayden, he was always a nice child,” said Travis Robinson, the boys’ father. “He was that child that needed special attention – that love. He always acted like a baby, so I treated him like a baby. Because in my eyes, he still is a baby.”
According to police documents, Jayden accidentally shot Ayden. He was rushed to the hospital but later died.
Nathaniel Wilkins, Wright’s boyfriend, is now being charged with reckless homicide. Wilkins admitted the gun belonged to him and that he "left it in an area accessible to the children," according to the arrest affidavit.
“Jayden, when it comes down to it at night, he’s going to be like, ‘Momma, where’s Ayden at? I want Ayden.’ I don’t even know how I’m going to explain to him where his brother’s at,” said the boys’ father.
Now, the boys’ parents are dealing with the grief while also making plans to bury their son.
“I never thought I’d be wearing a ‘Rest in Peace’ shirt of my son, with his name on it, or put ‘Long Live Ayden,' his picture or his name. I never expected it,” Travis Robinson said.
The young parents didn’t have insurance, leaving them with large medical bills and funeral expenses.
“Just help me and my baby. Help my family. He didn’t mean no harm. I just love him so much,” Wright said.