Family remembers Galesburg teen who shot and killed himself accidentally
Galesburg Police tell KWQC they are continuing to investigate the shooting death of 18-year-old Evan Weedman, but they say right now it appears to have been an accident.
According to their police report, they were called to Bateman Street at approximately 12:52 a.m. Saturday.
Witnesses told police that Weedman brought a gun to the garage where the teens were gathered at and was "messing around" with it when he shot himself in the head.
Witnesses also told police Weedman was not suicidal.
Family members tell KWQC Weedman bought his gun for self-defense.
At just 18 and a few months from graduating high school, they believe he was too young to have to worry about his safety.
"He's always telling me and encouraging me you know stay in school, get good grades, do something with yourself," Alyssa Hyatt said about her step-brother, Evan Weedman.
"We're not saying goodbye, but we're just saying see you later," she said.
Hyatt says she and her step-brother were close. That's why having to say that to him has been difficult for her and her family.
"We're hanging in there, it's definitely really tough," she said. "It's like you're never going to really see him again."
They're now holding on tight to each other and their memories of Evan.
"He was so kind and generous and he was just always there for you if you needed something," Hyatt said. "He was always there no matter what, he would drop everything for you."
Evan's family hopes talking about his death will prevent this from happening to others.
"We need to be more aware and we need to take more precautions to protecting the children and the future generations, we need to make them feel safe and secure like they don't need a weapon to protect them," Hyatt said. "Stuff like this does happen and we want to try to stop that."
Friends of Weedman are holding a vigil on Saturday to remember him.
It will start at 6 p.m. at Lake Storey Beach in Galesburg.