A visitation took place Wednesday evening for six-year-old Kameron Prescott, accidentally killed by deputies days before Christmas, our affiliate WOIA reports.
Kameron was caught in the crossfire as Texas deputies chased a suspect through a trailer park. He’s being buried Thursday, exactly one week after his death.
"I love him very much and I will always love him,” his aunt Debra Jimenez says, her voice shaking as she begins to cry. “And he will always be a part of all of our hearts.”
Like any boy his age, she says Kameron was looking forward to Christmas.
"He did not scream. He just goes, 'owie' something like that, and fell down.”
"He was a six-year-old who loved life,” Jimenez says. "He loved, loved his family."
She takes comfort knowing her nephew did get to open at least one gift.
"His last day of school, she got him the pajamas that he wanted and they were having pajama day,” Jimenez says. “And so he asked if he could open his present early so he could get his pajamas to wear for everybody to see."
Family photos show a little boy who loved his cousins.
"We explained to them that he's up there dancing, because he loved to dance. That seemed to calm him down - that he's dancing with the angels,” Jimenez says.
She also shared pictures of his final resting place: a red and blue coffin adorned with a firefighter hat and radio. Underneath the lid, the family’s placed a photo collage of Kameron living his dream of being a firefighter.
"That's what he wanted more than anything,” Jimenez says. “He wanted to be a fireman."
She thinks back on that terrible day when sheriff’s deputies swarmed the trailer park Kameron called home.
“They knew people were in the trailer,” Jimenez says.
Deputies opened fire, killing a suspected car thief. A bullet pierced the trailer and hit Kameron in the abdomen.
"He did not scream. He just goes, 'owie' something like that, and fell down,” Jimenez says.
Kameron’s father watched him die.
"And that's a mental picture that he'll have forever,” Jimenez says.
She says the tragedy never should have happened.
"If that's the training that the police officers are getting, then it needs to change because this has happened in other states,” Jimenez says. “But at the same time, they had to go home and celebrate Christmas with their families knowing that an innocent child died."
Our affiliate WOIA contributed to this report.