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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A 15-year-old shooting victim will be laid to rest in Waterloo this weekend.

Services for Jykeria Coffer will be held at Antioch Baptist Church on Saturday at noon. There will be a public visitation at the church from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. Sanders Funeral Service is assisting the family.

The girl's brother, 14-year-old Diyrun, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Police believe he was twirling a stolen gun before he pointed it at his sister and fired.

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Lakasha Kuykendall is in complete shock. Her daughter is dead. Her son is now locked up.

"I just don't know. I don't know," said Kuykendall. 

It all happened at a home in the 900 block of Broadway Street in Waterloo on Friday.

Court documents say Diyrun Coffer, 14, was twirling a stolen gun when he pointed it at his sister, Jykeria, 15, and pulled the trigger -- fatally wounding her.

Kuykendall was shopping when she got her last phone call from Jykeria.

"I had just got off the phone and she said, 'Mom, I need more to finish Jylisha's hair.' I was like, 'Just go ahead and finish what you're doing.' It's not five minutes later I got a call that said one of my kids had been shot," said Kuykendall. 

She then found out the shooter was her son, Diyrun Coffer.

"I already was out of my mind. My son was calling me and saying, 'Mom, I need to talk to you, I need to talk to you,'" said Kuykendall. 

She says it was an accident -- her kids loved each other.

"Never, ever, ever, ever think that this would happen," Kuykendall said. "My kids love each other, and my baby is gone, she's gone. My baby is gone."

Kuykendall says her son has been bullied for a long time. She says she had been trying to get him help, whether it be with his school or the police.

The family doesn't want to comment on how Diyrun got the gun, but they are now pushing to get the guns off the streets.

"I'm going to say it like this: Guns, the guns, they got to stop," said Kuykendall.

The family is now planning Jykeria's funeral, but it's still unclear when that will happen.

There has been a benefit account set up to help the family with expenses at any Dupaco bank branch.


KWWL's Jerry Gallagher contributed to this report.

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