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Moorhead boy who died after finding gun was 'destined for great things'

The child was with a group of unsupervised children who found a loaded gun.
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Donations are flowing in for the family of a 6-year-old Moorhead boy who died when he and other children found a loaded gun. 

The boy, identified in a GoFundMe as Marcellus, died March 21 when he and "several" unsupervised children found the handgun in an apartment on the 400 block of Sunrise Circle. The gun discharged, fatally striking the child, according to Moorhead Police Department. 

A GoFundMe has so far generated in excess of $3,000. Donations will be used to cover funeral expenses and provide "emotional support for his siblings and those who were affected by this tragic accident," the fundraiser explains. 

The fundraiser describes Marcellus as the third-oldest sibling who loved video games, playing with friends, reading, school and his family. It also described the fatal Sunday night incident: 

"Marcellus was a great kid who was destined for great things but that came to an end on Sunday, March 21st. A tragic accident happened in which Marcellus was left in a home without proper supervision and a weapon was found. Marcellus and a few other children found a loaded gun not knowing that the gun was real or loaded pulled the trigger instantly ending Marcellus life."

The gun was recovered inside the apartment and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension processed the scene. When the investigation is complete it will be forwarded to the Clay County Attorney's Office to review and consider charges.

"This was a tragic accident that could have been prevented. May this serve as a reminder that guns need to be locked away and out of reach of children," the GoFundMe concludes. 

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