Jesus Take the Wheel: 11-Year-Old Boy is Shot and Dies While at his Football Coach’s House

- By Bossip Staff

Mitchell “D.J.” Maxwell was at a sleepover, with two other teammates, at his football coach’s house. Even though it was an accident, the three little boys thought they were playing with an unloaded pellet gun. One of the boys pretended to shoot the gun and the other little boy actually pulled the trigger.

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WAYCROSS, Ga. — A 12-year-old middle school football player shot and killed a teammate with a pellet gun during a sleepover at their coach’s house.

Mitchell “D.J.” Maxwell, 11, was shot with a .177-caliber pellet gun at the Albany Avenue home of his football coach. He was transported to Satilla Regional Medical Center, where he died.

Felicia Thomas said her sixth-grade son was at a sleepover with two other boys at the coach’s home when he was shot.

Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal said the three boys were playing a PlayStation 3 video game when one of the boys picked up what he thought was an unloaded pellet rifle and pretended to shoot it, then handed it to a 12-year-old who apparently shot Maxwell in the chest from point-blank range.

After trying to stop the bleeding themselves, the children notified two adults watching television in the next room that Maxwell was hurt, but did not immediately say he had been shot.

Stacey Chavez, 35, called 911 while Thomas “Zach” Williams, 22, performed CPR until Ware County emergency medical services personnel arrived.

According to the police report, the paramedics didn’t know the boy had been shot until they got to the hospital. They thought he was having an asthma attack.

In the 911 calls, the caller told the operator the boy was gasping for air and that he had a history of asthma.

“He’s unresponsive but he’s breathing,” one of the callers told 911.

“Do you know if he has a history of asthma or anything?” the 911 operator asked.

“He’s one of my football players, and his cousin’s here now and says he does have asthma,” the caller said.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed on Monday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Savannah office.

Royal said the case remains under investigation and the results would be turned over to the district attorney’s office for review and any further action.

Maxwell’s mother said she could not believe her son was gone.

“I just thought the world of him. I was so proud of him,” said Thomas. “I just looked forward to him growing up and becoming a man and really showing me what he’s made of. I worked really hard on him.”

Mitchell Maxwell, Sr., D.J.’s father, said he’s dealing with pain and frustration, still trying to come to grips with what happened to his son.

“I don’t think he meant to kill him, but still you don’t play like that,” Maxwell, Sr. said. “My child is gone. … You shouldn’t put a gun, whether it’s a pellet gun, a real gun, whatever, to anybody and pull the trigger.”


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  • Nette_CB4EVA

    Wow I don’t understand whats going on!

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    Thank you to all those ppl for what…’s the coach fault for having the gun in his place where the kids could reach it……..don’t blame the artist….the job is still the parents or the guardian to protect the kids……not the artist…

  • Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo.....)


    Oh, for sure!

    When I have kids, I hope to raise them in a way where they are able to differentiate between what is real and what is fake. I think too many young kids are blurring the two and they cant decipher certain things…..and that is when the parent steps in; to filter.

    But too bad the “parents” are simple-minded right along with the kids.

  • http://bossip Ikes Boyotch

    B!tch please GTFOH

  • white male

    Is Snoop his football coach???

  • it"s me

    R.I.P, may god be with you and your family…

  • 1TruDiva with the PlatinumVocals--Remembering Shaniya!!

    Kami is RIGHT!!!!

    The kids see violence all around them. So much that it has d e s e n s i t i z e d them.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    All I was asking you do is admit that the parents can be at fault…if you’re a realist like you say…..look at all angles and not just talk about one….becos then you’re an opportunist and not a realist…you see the opportunity where you can bash others who portray a certain look and you go for the throat.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    Okay…lets go with that….he ask his father for a violent game and the dad says no becos of the violence….1st off before sending your child to anyones house I believe that you should know that person through and through….and if that person doesn’t live like you think they should then your child shouldn’t be allowed to go there especially not for a sleepover…..

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    We could go at this all day….I still say it starts with the parents….but I would be a fool to think that society doesn’t play a part in the raising of kids….A parent has to be mentally and spiritually strong and instil certain values in their kids and pray to God that it sticks….so I do understand.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    That is so true…parents want their kids to be their friends…you can’t be your kids friends becos then they would treat you as such…..a friend….Kids need to be able to comfortable enuff to tell their parents everything without being fearful….I know it is possible becos my nephew who is 12 tells my sister everything…when something hurts, when someone messes with him at school or on the playground etc…..ur kids need to be comfortable with you…..not be your friend…where YOU tell them who ur sleeping with, how many drinks you had and all this other bull.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    Thanks you…you sound like you have your heads firmly planted on your shoulders yourself…..I’m telling you growing up was far from being a picnic for me…it wasn’t all horrible but when it was crazy it was crazy…I had a verbally and physically(as in horrible beatings) abusive father (especially 2wards my brothers) and a submissive mother…..among other things that I will not discuss but life teaches you things… it is what it is I guess….today I’m in a good mood and I’m looking forward to an even better future.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    LOL @ ur reference to the robbery and Jeezy and Gucci….lol
    They sure would be running home and looking for mommy or daddy to bail them out…

    Like you said great convo…..hopefully we’ll bump into each other and again on this crazy site…lol

    Have a blessed day.

  • 1TruDiva with the PlatinumVocals--Remembering Shaniya!!

    Reading both of your posts reminded me of a show Oprah did in which parents were asked if they snooped through their children’s rooms and stuff. I remember shouting at the TV all throughout the show.

    There is no such thing as privavy in MY house EXCEPT for me!

    The only door you close is the BATHROOM door!

    I wish you WOULD say something about me going through your stuff!

    Again, until we do a better job of monitoring our children, we’ll continue to see t r a g e d i e s like this.

  • Gimmeabreak 78

    I said it in a separate thread a few days ago. It’s amazing how 2nd Amendment advocates push for the widespread availability of firearms for everyday citizens. I know in this case it was pellet gun, but consequences of irresponsible legal gun ownership are highlighted in this unfortunate scenario.

    May God comfort the hearts of this young man’s family.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ MARK RICH……I’m having a hard time understanding your statement of “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”

    An armed society is a polite society?!? HUH…..R u serious? If everyone were to have guns available to them at the ready….do you have any idea how many more dead ppl (or incidents like the above story) we would have in the so-called polite society you’re talking about? I’m not saying that having guns are wrong because there are those who need it for self defense etc…..but just to have a gun…to have a gun is ri-gosh-darn-diculous……….Just having a gun ‘in-case’ someone tests you is crazy.I don’t care if the Pope himself (I really don’t care) said what Alexander Hope said….that doesn’t make it right to have a gun…..Maybe I’m not understanding what you’re saying….I hope I’m not understanding what you’re saying…because if I do…..I pray that the people who think like you are in the minority.

  • memchee

    just terrible….

    My thoughts & prayers are with all the families involved.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    Dats cool…I’ll be at work until 6 so I know the feeling…
    Have a gd 1.


    If the young man would have died from a stab wound
    Would you suggest Knife regulation?

    If the young man would have died from strangulation
    Would you suggest regulation of yarn and string?

    If he would have died from drowning
    would you suggest people get licenses for swimming?

    Without a gun, only the strong would survive because a knife wont make you equal if he has a knife and is 6’4 250lbs and you are 5’5 125lbs

    Gun control is advocated by tyrants, EVERY COUNTRY THAT HAS EVER FALLEN TO TYRANNY DID SO BECAUSE ITS CITIZEN COULD NOT CHALLENGE THEIR GOVERNMENT, gun control has never worked favorably for the citizens so why should we want it?? cause you think it will save lifes? 60 million people died the last time a major government suggested to its people to give up it freedom and let the government protect them, the country was Germany and the Prime Minister at the time was a man by the name of Adolf Hitler, who quickly because supreme chancellor once the citizens could no longer form a militia to stop him

    And I hope a lot of people think like me, cause we are in serious trouble if not


  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ MARK RICH….If ur talking about an army (then it would be obvious for them to have guns)………..but if you’re talking about all citizens having guns all willie nilly….then I hope you get the help you so desperately need…….you’re taking the above story out of context….knives…taking over the government…..HUH! There are all types of ppl in this world…and boi oh boi…..I am not going to give you anymore of my time after this post because obviously you need help and I am differnately not the one to give it to you…so after this post you can reply and say whatever you want that might be aimed at me or whoever but the facts are the facts….and the fact is you need help and I hope you get it….have a blessed day.


    Somebodies a$$ is going to the dam “BIG HOUSE”!!


    what I am saying is the rights to keep and bear arms should not be infringed REGARDLESS OF THE FEAR YOU HAVE
    The above makes perfect sense, citizens should have the right to guns and the right to protect their property

    I went off subject to give you the reason why gun control is advocated, its a bigger issue than you wish to concern yourself with, you seem to think of guns as dangerous, I think of them as protection

    So let me illustrate my point
    Guns are already regulated, any further regulation
    would not be in the interest of the citizens, to say that something should be banned because of misuse is stupid

    Again, I do not believe the government should tell me if i can or cannot own a gun, because of something a child did, and you believe it should
    (im guessing thats what you are implying)


    Did not the same countries you mention fall to Germany during WW2?
    and they have strict regulation like the U.S. but they do not ban ownership

    The countries that have gun bans also have totalitarian governments, please show me a country with a gun ban and doesnt have a totalitarian government

    And gun laws dont work.
    In 1966 New Jersey implemented the strictest gun laws in the country,2 years later the murder rate went up 50% and robberies doubled
    Washington D.C. also has the strictest gun laws and a murder rate above the average.
    Among the 15 states with the highest homicide rates, 10 have restrictive or very restrictive gun laws.

    Is it not clear that guns are not bad, people are

  • Rose

    This story is damn fishy!!! So the two adults in the next room didn’t hear the gun shot?????? Gun shots r pretty loud…and paramedics didn’t know the boy was shot???? wasn’t he bleeding all over the place? I am so confused!

  • Ms.EJ

    I know violence can happen at anytime, however this one of MANY reasons why I will NEVER EVER let my daughter spend the night at someone else house as long as it is within my power (unless she moves out at an adult age I have no control). You have no clue on what folks have in there house, and you have no clue what goes on behind closed doors.

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