‘It was no murder. It wasn’t a suicide,’ Paris’ mother, 35-year-old Shinise Harvey, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. ‘It was a freak accident. It happened.’
Harvey said she had not seen the video but family members had described it to her.
She said the cousins were ‘trying to be too hip,’ when livestreaming from the downtown apartment’s bathroom before the tragedy.
Paris’ grandmother, Susan Dyson, said she saw the Instagram Live video the two cousins were making together.
After Kuaron was shot in the head, Paris reached for the gun and it may have accidentally gone off, also wounding her in the head, relatives have said.
‘It wasn’t a situation where they were arguing or anything like that,’ Dyson told the Post-dispatch.
‘They were playing with the gun, when they shouldn’t have been. Of course, they shouldn’t have been doing it. I think it just went off. It went off by mistake.’
The gun was believed to have been taken to the party by Kuaron, but cops are still investigating who the weapon was registered to.
It is unclear if law enforcement plans to bring charges against any of the adults in charge of the children or their parents.
Family members told the Post-dispatch Paris and Kuaron were very close, called each other brother and sister and were always facetiming, rapping, making videos and pulling pranks.
Angel Dyson, Paris’ aunt, also told the outlet the cousins acted ‘older than they were.’
‘No matter how good we try to raise our kids,’ Shinise Harvey said, ‘they still are going to venture off.’
On social media, police posted a tribute for the children after their sudden death.
‘We are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family of 12-year-old Paris Harvey and 14-year-old Kuaron Harvey who tragically passed away on 3/25/22.’
Family members said Paris, who was one of nine children, was a funny seventh grader who loved getting her hair and nails done and had a beautiful voice.
They described Kuaron as a goofy eighth grader who had long been able to do back flips.
According to the Post-dispatch, the party was for teenagers and younger adults in the family.
While Paris and Kuaron had been initially told they couldn’t go to the party, their mothers eventually said yes when the children begged them to go.