Mother Who Lost Son In Shooting Hopes Others Learn From Tragedy

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UPDATED: Monday July 7, 2014 5:18 PM

A mother grieving the death of her 11-year-old son is hoping his death can bring about change.

Lucas Templin, 11, was shot and killed last month while playing with his best friend.

"He was so loving,” said his mother, Catrina Swartz. "He was always happy. He always had a smile on his face."

Swartz says she has been taking it a day at a time since learning her Lucas died from a gunshot wound.

"It's just too hard. It is. It's so hard,” she said.

Lucas's family members tell 10TV they visit his gravesite daily.

They say they're hoping that by getting his name out through t-shirts and through the media, that they will be able to have an influence in promoting gun safety.

"(We need) protection of these kids,” said Cindy Swartz, Lucas’s grandmother. “Don't just have a gun under your bed, under your pillow, on the dresser that's loaded; because there might be someone going to break in? No."

The Muskingum County sheriff's office continues to investigate the shooting, but the grieving family doesn't want to see any charges filed.

"It was an accident,” Catrina Swartz said.

Lucas’s family members want the accident to serve as a learning tool, not just for children, but for their gun-owning parents too.

"With that right to own a gun, you have responsibilities,” Catrina Swartz said.

She said that includes the responsibility to make sure another young life doesn't end too soon.

"I don't want to see this happen again. I don't,” she said.

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