Boy, 11, charged with murder after killing neighbor over puppies

Boy, 11, Charged With Murder After Killing Neighbor

An 11-year-old boy in Tennessee has been charged with killing his 8-year-old neighbor over an argument about puppies.

Neighbors told investigators that MaKayla Dyer was playing with her puppies on Saturday night in White Pine near Knoxville when the unidentified boy approached her.

A neighbor explained, "He asked the little girl to see her puppies. she said no and laughed and then turned around, looked at her friend and said, 'let's go get the--' and never got 'puppies' out."

See photos of Dyer and reaction to her death:

MaKayla Dyer, little girl shot by neighbor over puppy
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Boy, 11, charged with murder after killing neighbor over puppies
MaKayla Dyer in an undated photo released on a GoFundMe page to support her memorial services. (Photo via GoFundMe)
Neighbors say Maykayla Dyer was the girl killed by 11-yr old boy who lived next door. More:
A small memorial has been set up on the front porch of 8-old-McKayla Dyer's house. #WATE
The mother of 8yr old McKayla Dyer speaks out after her daughter was killed in their neighborhood. Tonight @6 @6News
How many more deaths will it take to have the USA realise that guns are a big problem? Was McKayla Dyer's death not enough? #guncontrol
Sad to hear that a little 8yr old girl was shot by her 11yr old neighbour, over a puppy. Do something America.
McKayla Dyer, you were a beautiful girl & never deserved to die this way. I pray you rest in peace & are the happiest little angel ❤️

Investigators say the fifth grader went home, picked up his father's loaded 12-gauge shotgun and shot her in the chest through the window.

One neighbor told WKBN, "This is not a gun issue, this is a parenting issue. Our problem with our country now is that we're not stepping in and being good parents. We're not stepping in them right from wrong."

Another said, "Guns should be under lock and key if you have children... no where in arm's reach of a child. No parent should have to bury their baby"

The 11-year-old is being held in juvenile court on charges of first degree murder.

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