A family mourns after losing son in accidental shooting

Ardese Day Source: Muscogee Co. Jail
Ardese Day Source: Muscogee Co. Jail

By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A family is mourning after their 28 year old son died in what Columbus police are saying appears to be an accidental shooting.

Ardese Day is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct for George McGhee's death.  Columbus police said Day's 38-caliber revolver discharged when he was showing it to McGhee.

Ricardo Carter and the rest of McGhee's family said they have lost a good son, brother, friend, and role model.

"He liked to look out for everybody, keep everybody up, and say, 'Keep doing your thing.  Don't ever let no hater bring you down,'" said Carter.

But Carter will never hear those encouraging words again.

"My brother ain't never coming back man.  He ain't never coming back.  I wasn't looking for my brother for leaving us.  We had just came from my little brother's graduations, and then a call later on that night, and my brother got shot.  We get to the hospital and, my brother was dead," said Carter.

Saturday night, McGhee was with some friends at the Springfield Crossing Apartments.  Columbus police said when Ardese Day was showing McGhee his 38-caliber revolver, the gun discharged hitting McGhee in the chest.  Columbus police said there was no indication of foul play at the scene.

For McGhee's father, Antonio Carter, after already losing 2 other children, the grief is too much.

"It's so hard.  I ain't been asleep.  I'm going to tell you the truth.  I'm just tossing and turning,"

He said the idea of not seeing McGhee again is heartbreaking.

"All my sons, I love them to death, I ain't going to tell you no lie.  I love them to death.  But, it's just one of those special kids out of your life man.  I can't see him no more."

McGhee's brother said he has learned how valuable life is.

"Just wishing that all my family just stay together and just stayed focused and looked out for each other can use one day, you're here and the next day you could be gone."

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