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McGavock High School student charged in fatal shooting of fellow student

Kaemon Robinson (Photo from Metro PD) Kaemon Robinson (Photo from Metro PD)
Kevin Barbee (Photo courtesy Alicia Mahdi) Kevin Barbee (Photo courtesy Alicia Mahdi)

A 17-year-old McGavock High School student has been charged in connection to the fatal shooting of another student.

Kaemon Robinson has been charged with criminal homicide following the shooting Tuesday night in at an apartment in Hermitage.

Police say 15-year-old Kevin Barbee, who police say was a friend of Kaemon's, was shot inside an apartment on Burning Tree Drive. Four McGavock High School students were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Witnesses told police Kaemon was playing with a pistol when it discharged and hit Kevin in the face.

Kevin was taken to Summit Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

An attorney representing Kaemon contacted police overnight and told them Kaemon wanted to surrender.

The pistol from the shooting has not been recovered at this time.

An attorney for Kaemon Robinson released a statement Wednesday:

"This was a terrible accident. The gun was not Kaemon's, and at the time he believed that it was not loaded. He never meant to fire it. He considered Kevin a friend and did not mean to hurt him. Kaemon deeply regrets this tragedy, and expresses his utmost sorrow to Kevin's family."

This comes about a day before President Barack Obama is set to speak at McGavock High School.

There was concern from the White House that it would be inappropriate to visit on the heels of a tragedy.

The McGavock principal says the White House even asked the school if they should cancel the president's Thursday visit out of respect for Kevin Barbee.

McGavock Principal Robbin Wall says after careful consideration, the school decided not to cancel the presidential visit in light of the shooting, largely because it would be unfair to the rest of the student body.

"Knowing Kevin and the personality that he has, I don't think he would want things just to stop. We'll treat it with respect and the dignity like it should be, but in the same breath want to follow through with the commitments we have as well," Wall said.

Channel 4 News spoke with White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest and asked if the shooting could become a springboard for the president to address gun control, which he barely mentioned in the State of the Union address Tuesday.

"I don't know what the president's speech will look like tomorrow, so it's hard for me to say. We have been in touch with school to make sure it's appropriate for the president to visit. Obviously, the thoughts and prayers of the president and first lady are with the family of this young man who was killed last night. This really is a tragedy that is all too common. Regardless of what the circumstances turn out to be, the end of a young life is tragic," Earnest said.

The president is expected to talk about education and the strides that have been made in the Metro school system and at McGavock.

As for security, there was little concern from the White House and the school district that the shooting Tuesday could pose any threat to the president's safety.

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