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16 year old suspected in brother’s death

6-year-old Zaylan Sparkman was shot and killed on the coast Friday.

“When officers arrived, they located a six year old male suffering from a gunshot wound,” said Sgt. Joshua Broman with the Gulfport Police Department. “He was transferred to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injury.”

The person responsible for the crime is the victim’s brother.

“The victim’s brother, Mr. Albert, Deonta Craft III was charged with manslaughter,” said Broman.

The investigation revealed Craft discharged a handgun with a single round striking Sparkman.

The suspect’s bond has been set at $100,000 and officials say that Craft has filed the paperwork for a public defender, however, no court date has been set.

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