LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Just back from the hospital where she said her final goodbyes, Jarvin Jackson's mother fought back tears as she mourned his loss.
The mother of the 11-year-old boy police say was accidentally shot by a 4-year-old cousin says her son died a hero.
Jarvin Jackson's mom, Kawanna Hutcherson, told Action News that her son died bravely trying to save his 4-year-old cousin from a gun. She believes he also saved other children who were in the apartment.
"My son is a hero," she said. "He saved so many lives and it was an unfortunate accident but he saved so many lives because it could have turned out worse than it was."
Hutcherson says at just 11 years old, Jarvin already knew he wanted to grow up to help others.
"He said he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up," she said.
With Jarvin's dreams cut short, his family is left with emptiness, but they take solace in the fact that he lived a full life and that his suffering is now over.
"God knows I'm going to miss my son but before I let him suffer I let him go home to The Lord," said Hutcherson.
Police say the investigation is still underway and could take a while since their key witnesses are minors. No arrests have been made so far.