Justice for 4 year old Eric James Cole
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On August 5, 2017 my 4 year old son, Eric James Cole, was shot and killed. He was at a babysitter's house and they had left a fully loaded handgun unsecured. My 7 year old daughter was there as well and had to witness her brother laying on the ground with a gunshot to his head and had to summon the babysitter who wasn't actively watching them. Then the babysitter couldn't find her phone and had to go to a neighbors house to dial 911. While all this was happening my son lay dying on the floor by himself. My son's life ended before he had a chance to grow up, ride a big boy bike, lose a tooth, and even start kindergarten. My daughter is forever impacted by the images she witnessed that day and requires counseling and she will never be the same. The lives of our entire family have been destroyed by someone else's negligence. I can barely get through a day without breaking down and crying about the loss of my only son and the emptiness now in my house. Had these people been responsible gun owners this would have never happened. Now here we are 5 months later and we still have no answers from the prosecutors office and no charges have been filed. I am starting this petition to gain awareness of the tragedy that happened to my son and the failing of the justice system to hold those persons accountable. It shouldn't matter their social status, ethnicity, or connections to the courts. They should be charged and made to answer for their actions that day. My son will never come back, but his memory should live on and there should be JUSTICE FOR MY SON, ERIC JAMES COLE!
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