Young Lad Killed By Friends Dad In Prank Gone Horribly Wrong

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

A dad who wanted to play a joke on a friend of his son accidentally shot him dead at close range when the bullet went through the young man’s body and hit a car behind.

Apparently the tragedy happened when the man rushed outside to greet his son’s friend when he pulled up inside the car outside the family home in the city of Tapalque, in the eastern Argentina province of Buenos Aires.

The dad had a spray containing alcohol in one hand, and a gun in the other.

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It was not clear what the joke was exactly, and whether it possibly had something to do with pretending to disinfect the other man, but it reportedly involved him turning to raise his hand and squirt the alcoholic spray.

But he accidentally mixed up his hands – and fired the gun instead.

According to local newspaper Infobae, the victim was identified as 26-year-old Tomas Echegaray, who died in the early hours of Sunday morning whilst being taken to hospital.

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According to local prosecutor Marcelo Sobrino, Echegaray arrived at his friend’s house, who has not been named, with one more person.

The two had reportedly left the car and were walking towards the house, when the father of his friend and owner of the house, 66-year-old Nestor Felix Hirtz, allegedly shot the gun and hit Echegaray.

Reportedly Hirtz, 66 confessed to shooting the victim, saying it was a prank gone horribly wrong.

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According to police sources which reported to Infobae, Hirtz told police officers: “I screwed it up. I wanted to make a joke on him and I shot him.”

Echegaray was shot in the abdomen and the bullet traversed his body and went out his back, getting lodged in the car behind.

According to the autopsy results, the bullet crossed the liver and the spine.

The suspect’s son reportedly took his wounded friend to the hospital in the same car, but he died on the way. After finding out he was head, his friend is said to have gone into shock.

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Police officers arrived on the scene and seized a Magnum 44 gun which is believed to have been the weapon used to shoot him.

Another 38 caliber gun was seized in the family car. It is said that the suspect had permission to hold weapons.

Hirtz has been arrested and charged with simple homicide, according to Infobae, he is yet to talk to the prosecution in charge of the investigation.

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Sobrino told local media outlet Todo Noticias that “The incident happened in the house of the aggressor. He was with his son who had invited two friends.”

Echegaray was an up and coming footballer and played for Atletico Tapalque. This year he was training with pro team Boca Juniors de Azul, but he had not yet played a match with the team due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The young victim also juggled two jobs in a beer bar and in a real estate agency.

Police say that they are investigating the case.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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