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Teen Accidentally Shoots Brother While Posing for Facebook Pic

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A 19-year-old teen accidentally shot her brother while posing for a Facebook photo.

It's common knowledge that taking drunken Facebook photos is social media faux pas. It's best to turn off the Internet when indulging in alcohol, lest any embarrassing personal info be leaked to the Internet.

Tragically, 19-year-old Savannah Ramirez had to learn a lesson about drunken social media and the dangers of guns in a terrible, unforeseen way.

Ramirez and her 22-year-old brother Manuel Ortiz were playing around with a gun, using it to pose for Facebook pictures. The police believed that both Ortiz and Ramirez had been under the influence of alcohol, as they were toying with the gun at an after-party.

Ramirez's Facebook photos show Ortiz posing with the gun, including one where Ortiz is holding it to his temple.

The gun was loaded and went off, hitting Ortiz in the head and killing him. Ramirez was later found at a curb and stated that she had shot her brother.

It's unknown if Ramirez or Ortiz were aware if the gun was loaded.

According to Police Sgt. Steve Martos, Ramirez may be charged with manslaughter if she's found to have alcohol in her bloodstream.

 

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    pjmelect , January 4, 2013 9:04 AM
    Another contender for the Darwin award.
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    itzsnypah , January 4, 2013 9:24 AM
    Stop posting this cherry picked garbage. This is a tech site not a Tabloid.

    Somebody is going to cry gun control. This has nothing to do with that, only firearm education.

    I wouldn't mind basic firearm education being required learning in schools. If everybody knew the 10 rules of safe gun handling (http://nssf.org/safety/basics/) less tragic crap like this would happen.
  • 27 Hide
    freggo , January 4, 2013 10:47 AM
    and the Gene Pool got a bit cleaner again...
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  • 44 Hide
    pjmelect , January 4, 2013 9:04 AM
    Another contender for the Darwin award.
  • 15 Hide
    acerace , January 4, 2013 9:18 AM
    Whaaaaattttt. Like seriously?
  • 28 Hide
    itzsnypah , January 4, 2013 9:24 AM
    Stop posting this cherry picked garbage. This is a tech site not a Tabloid.

    Somebody is going to cry gun control. This has nothing to do with that, only firearm education.

    I wouldn't mind basic firearm education being required learning in schools. If everybody knew the 10 rules of safe gun handling (http://nssf.org/safety/basics/) less tragic crap like this would happen.
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    infernocy , January 4, 2013 9:27 AM
    aceraceWhaaaaattttt. Like seriously?


    welcome to the real world .. my room mate prefer to tell me that she has a bf from facebook in staid of telling me in person ...

    we leave in such a fake planet where your profile and friend list on facebook is more important than real friends and real relationship and this semester i had to write an essay about facebook .. i never wrote so many bs in my life
  • 1 Hide
    officeguy , January 4, 2013 9:27 AM
    I know facebook is another tool to connect with people but only if you are alive. The sister should had stuck shooting pictures with a camera.
  • 4 Hide
    mrmaia , January 4, 2013 10:00 AM
    If Ortiz took a photo pointing a gun to himself, then he saw it coming. I won't say it was well deserved but it was far from an accident.
  • 16 Hide
    SteelCity1981 , January 4, 2013 10:02 AM
    What a dumbass.
  • 22 Hide
    ajrm , January 4, 2013 10:20 AM
    Sad to read this ... but why is this on Tom's?
  • 27 Hide
    freggo , January 4, 2013 10:47 AM
    and the Gene Pool got a bit cleaner again...
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 11:37 AM
    Firearms don't kill people, facebook does!!

    We need to shut down this fuckin social media bullshit.

  • 9 Hide
    captjack5169 , January 4, 2013 11:41 AM
    The issue here is gun safety. Why the hell was it loaded. Did he check the breach. I mean how can you fake that. Duh I was posing and my gun went off. Its really simple you don't ever put your finger or anything else near that trigger unless you want to hear a really loud noise.
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 12:02 PM
    People using a gun for protecting themselves from a violent criminal does not get any media attention but these tragic accidents sure do. Unfortunately people will do stupid things, gun safety education is the only way to reduce accidents.
  • 2 Hide
    hedwar2011 , January 4, 2013 12:23 PM
    We have a smart one here folks!
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    lamorpa , January 4, 2013 12:26 PM
    itzsnypah...Somebody is going to cry gun control. This has nothing to do with that, only firearm education...

    You may want to check on that basic concept of physical presence/non-presence. I can pretty much guarantee that if there was no gun there, education or not, no one would have been shot.
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    WithoutWeakness , January 4, 2013 12:27 PM
    This is not technology news. Nobody comes here to read about stuff like this. It's in the Software section? Why? Because they were taking Facebook photos? Really?

    Please stop posting articles like this.
  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 12:35 PM
    >point loaded gun at something and pull trigger
    >accidental
    Nope.
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    master9716 , January 4, 2013 12:46 PM
    Look at all the nerds " why is this on toms /cry " shut the hell up nerds no one cares what you think . Its on toms bc facebook is involved . I thought it was good news , if you are posing pics with guns on facebook then someone was probably going to shoot you anyways bc you think your hard.
  • 3 Hide
    azraa , January 4, 2013 12:54 PM
    RAMIREZ!
    Take a fb photo


    Sorry, but it had to be done
    *goes to the corner of shame*
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    joebob2000 , January 4, 2013 1:01 PM
    captjack5169The issue here is gun safety. Why the hell was it loaded. Did he check the breach. I mean how can you fake that. Duh I was posing and my gun went off. Its really simple you don't ever put your finger or anything else near that trigger unless you want to hear a really loud noise.


    Rule #1 of gun safety (really the only one that needs to be observed) is never point it at something you don't want to shoot, regardless of ANYTHING even the presence of bullets.
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    Vorador2 , January 4, 2013 1:04 PM
    In related news, the average intelligence quotient of the nation has rose by 10 points as a result of this incident.
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