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11 Year Old Charged With Murdering 6 Year Old Brother

MARTINSVILLE, Ind - A vigil was held to pray for a gunshot victim and his family Friday night in Martinsville.

Dozens of neighbors staged a vigil in front of six-year-old Andrew Frye's house. Hours earlier, Andrew's 11-year-old brother was charged with murder and criminal recklessness in the boy's death.

The shooting happened just after 6:00 pm Thursday in Oliver Court while the boys' parents were away. Police say the 11-year-old called 911. According to neighbors, the boy told them he found his brother shot in the bathroom.

It wasn't clear where the boys' parents were at the time of the shooting. Investigators say they were with their son when he died at the hospital.

"I'm not here to tell you that everything makes sense," Pastor David Zempel said at the vigil.

At the vigil, neighbors said they knew of no bad blood between the boys. One neighbor said the suspect seemed like "a responsible kid."

"Everyday kids, like any other kid," said neighbor Lola Lawson. "I wouldn't think he would do it."

"That's just unbelievable. I mean, it couldn't happen. I just couldn't think it," said neighbor Jack Pryor, whose grandson played with Andrew and left toys on a shrine built in the family's front yard.

Zempel asked neighbors to comfort each other, and to remember the good times they shared with Andrew.

Morgan County Prosecutor Steven Sonnega, his deputies and police detectives were up all night investigating the case, then spent the day in court before announcing the charges around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

"I can tell you that today, a petition alleging delinquency was filed and approved by Judge Burnham, charging an 11-year-old with one count of murder, one count of criminal recklessness in the death of his brother, Andrew Frye," Sonnega said.

He said the situation at first appeared to be accidental, but upon further investigation, they say it was no accident.

"Upon further reflection and detective work, forensic work, we sometimes end up with evidence different than we expect and that's our job as investigators, professionals, is to keep an open mind," Sonnega said.

Sonnega wouldn't give details of the investigation, because the case is in juvenile court, but says he could ask a judge to move the case to adult court.

Investigators say there are two other children in the family who were also not home at the time of the shooting. At this time, no charges have been filed against the boys' parents.

"There are several things to be investigated and the topic you raise is something we're just going to have to look at," Sonnega said.

The 11-year-old is being held at the Johnson County Juvenile Center. He has a July 6 hearing in a Morgan County courtroom.

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