HASKELL, Ark.– A teen’s death in what appears to be a game turned tragedy stirred up sadness and conversation Saturday.
We first told you Friday night— the Haskell Police Chief said a teen died while playing what appeared to be Russian Roulette.
Haskell PD got the call just before 5 Friday evening and since then the sad news has spread around town.
We met one woman who told us she didn’t know the teen but when she talked with her family about what had happened she got news. She learned something she said she never expected.
Tonya Richard said, “It’s heartbreaking. In a small town that something like this would happen.”
In the small, Saline County town of Haskell the school sits across the street from the police station.
“This child’s parents. I just feel so sorry for them,” Richard said.
Tonya Richard works just down the road from the police department that confirmed Friday a 15-year-old died while playing a game of Russian Roulette with friends on Meadow Creek Court.
“Took a life. Somebody’s best friend. Somebody’s child. It’s heartbreaking,” she said.
As the news sent shock waves in the close knit community, Richard said it stirred up a shocking conversation with her older son.
She said, “It brought tears to my eyes. It made me cry because I didn’t know this until now.”
The mother gripped her chair as she talked.
“He (Son) told me that when he was younger they played it too,” Richard said she never expected to hear that from her now grown child.
Outside the salon where she works, Saturday’s rainfall matched the sadness across town.
“At that age he didn’t think anything of it. He was young and they all wanted to play it and he just wanted to be fitted into the group. So, they played the game,” Richard said.
Harmony Grove High School posted on Facebook Friday night that its thoughts and prayers are with the teen’s family.
“It’s terrible,” Richard said.
She teared up imagining how her son’s story could have ended.
We reached out to the police department for more information Saturday.
Someone who answered the phone told us the chief will be back in the office Monday to answer questions.