Father outraged after no charges filed in son's hoverboard shooting death
13-year-old shot dead in Orange County in February
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The father of a Central Florida teenager is outraged after learning that no charges will be filed in the fatal shooting of his 13-year-old son.
Investigators said Lavardo Fisher Jr. died in February after he was shot by his 18-year-old cousin who was riding a hoverboard and playing with a gun.
The state attorney's office determined that the shooting was an accident.
Lavardo's father, however, said some accidents, especially those that end in death, should have consequences.
Lavardo Fisher Sr. told News 6 that he has tried to hold it together for six months, but he broke down when talking to News 6 about his son's death.
"We used to play games together, watch movies together," he said. "I have a PlayStation 4, and I haven't turned it on. It's just so unfair."
Fisher said he has been waiting to start his healing process until he found justice for his son.
"I just feel like I'm left in the dark, like I don't matter," he said.
Officials said Brandon Lewis was playing on a hoverboard with a gun that he didn't know was loaded when it went off.
"If I had touched my child, first of all, I would have been in jail, but an 18-year-old man shot my son and he gets to walk free," Fisher said.
Fisher said he wants Lewis to learn from his mistake.
"It's not like I want him to rot in prison," he said. "I don't want him to die in prison, I just feel like he should be punished. That is what I honestly think."
Fisher said he pays for Lewis' mistake every day. He has sought counseling, and is leaving the city, saying that he doesn't want to live in Orlando without his son.
"I always told him that if anybody does anything to hurt him, I would raise hell," he said. "(I) never want to physically hurt anybody, but I certainly want to do everything in my power to make sure that he's protected. It just hurts me to know that he was with people that should have protected him."
Fisher said he plans to pursue other legal options.
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