Questions surround shooting death of 14-year-old Big Island boy

Questions surround shooting death of 14-year-old Big Island boy

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The mother of a Big Island teen is desperate for answers as police investigate her son's shooting death.

Chance Dias-Elderts, 14, was shot in the head Friday morning in a Hilo home. He was on life support and declared brain dead hours later.

His mother, Carleen Dias, posted pictures of the teen on her Facebook page expressing grief and anger at the lack of information about the shooting.

She says Chance had been living with his father and other family members.

Dias insists other adults were in the Hilo home when the shooting happened, but no one went to the hospital with the boy.

The 911 call came from a relative who told the dispatcher that the boy was shot with a BB gun. But when paramedics arrived, they reported that it was a handgun that caused the injuries and that they saw the weapon.

By the time police arrived, the gun was gone.

No one was arrested and Dias wants to know why.

"I cannot bring my son back," she said. "Three adults that were at the house, that were responsible for my child ... knew of his accident, if it was an accident. These three adults knew what happened and left."

Dias says taking her son off life support was the most difficult decision she has ever made.

She knows her son's death has now created a sharp divide in the family, but hopes that a police investigation will bring answers.

An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday.

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