Family of 13-year-old shooting victim establishes fund to help pay expenses


Relatives of a 13-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed by a friend have established a charitable fund to help pay funeral expenses and hospital bills.

The family plans to use any extra money to establish a scholarship in the name of Tanun "Byrd" Wichainaraphong so that "people can remember his name," said his aunt, Thaniya Chareonvaravut.

Tanun was shot April 19 by a friend showing off a .22-caliber rifle in an Ellicott City apartment. He died two days later.

The friend, who turned 16 on Monday, is scheduled to appear before a juvenile master Tuesday.He has been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment involving other youths in the room at the time of the shooting and faces other charges.

The teen-ager is being held for observation at Finan Center, a psychiatric hospital in Cumberland. The Sun is withholding his name because he is a juvenile.

To donate to the fund, send a check payable to the Byrd Wichainaraphong Fund, c/o Bank of America, 601 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore 21208. Information: 410-484-1666.

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