Boy, 15, dies in accidental shooting,...

Boy, 15, dies in accidental shooting, New Lenox police say

There are 339 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 14, 2009, titled Boy, 15, dies in accidental shooting, New Lenox police say. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A 15-year-old New Lenox boy died Friday night in what police said appears to be an accidental shooting.

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Mee

Mokena, IL

#1 Feb 16, 2009
Ryan will never be forgotten
we miss him so much.
RIP
CC Ryder

Bolingbrook, IL

#2 Feb 16, 2009
Very sad, I hope they figure out how it happened.
Terrible

Seven Mile, OH

#3 Feb 16, 2009
Its really sad and terrible when you lose someone you love.. I know the feeling.My cousin was killed in New Lenox in September the same way and everyone is still coping. I wish everyone my deepest sympathies and hope everyone will come through it. The best thing to do is to remember all the great times and keep the spirit there. Thats what we do. So again Im truly sorry about everyones loss. May God be with him.
JDP

Hinsdale, IL

#6 Feb 16, 2009
This newspaper should have gotten the facts before they print it. They are as bad as the earlier post.
Marilynn

Plainfield, IL

#8 Feb 16, 2009
What the hell does "thats my bet" mean? Screw you this was an accident and yes there are a lot of waht if I did this or did that but it was a tragic accident..we read about kids finding guns and accidently the gun goes off because kids are not familiar with the workings of a gun...adults dont leave guns in a house for kids to get a hold of GRRRRRRRRRRR you idiot...adults have guns because it is our constitutional right and we have guns for protection...kids may find a hidden or locked up gun and make a bad decision and accidents happen...noone here is STUPID its just a tragedy....my prayers go out to the Burke Family and to Ryan....he was a great kid with a milliuon friends and so is his brother Danny....

Since: Apr 08

Lake In The Hills, IL

#9 Feb 16, 2009
Marilynn wrote:
What the hell does "thats my bet" mean? Screw you this was an accident and yes there are a lot of waht if I did this or did that but it was a tragic accident..we read about kids finding guns and accidently the gun goes off because kids are not familiar with the workings of a gun...adults dont leave guns in a house for kids to get a hold of GRRRRRRRRRRR you idiot...adults have guns because it is our constitutional right and we have guns for protection...kids may find a hidden or locked up gun and make a bad decision and accidents happen...noone here is STUPID its just a tragedy....my prayers go out to the Burke Family and to Ryan....he was a great kid with a milliuon friends and so is his brother Danny....
A gun and ammunition should never be kept together. They should be under lock and key seperately. If adults are not smart enough to know this, they should not own a gun. A child should never even know that there is a gun in the house. We had one for 20 some years, our kids were not even aware that we had it. The gun was in a cypher lock box and the ammo was in another cypher lock box. Accidents with guns only happen because adults do not take the proper care with the firearm.
Liza

Plainfield, IL

#10 Feb 16, 2009
Shut the hell up---Grrrrr! I grew up with a gun and knew exactly where it was and Im still here....Teenagers always find shit their parents hide. I know for a fact it was under lock and key and kids find shit and are curious and use poor judgement.....sometimes you can do everything right like take proper care of your firemarms or teach your kids not to play with guns or anything and it still happens it happens to the best and careful parents out there...thats why their called accidents you moron

Since: Apr 08

Lake In The Hills, IL

#11 Feb 16, 2009
Liza wrote:
Shut the hell up---Grrrrr! I grew up with a gun and knew exactly where it was and Im still here....Teenagers always find **** their parents hide. I know for a fact it was under lock and key and kids find **** and are curious and use poor judgement.....sometimes you can do everything right like take proper care of your firemarms or teach your kids not to play with guns or anything and it still happens it happens to the best and careful parents out there...thats why their called accidents you ****
You keep telling yourself these things so that the parents don't have to accept responsibility for their actions. A loaded gun where a child can get it is irresponsible. Face it, the parents did not take responsibility for keeping the gun and ammo away from their children. No one these days wants to take responsibility for their actions. Why is that. It's always someone else's fault, never their own.
ohoh

Dekalb, IL

#12 Feb 16, 2009
yes a tragedy although my daughter was friends with him and I caught them drinking once at my house. She informed me that they drink often together. Believe me my daughter is in deep trouble. It leaves me wondering, what really happened that night. I'm just happy my daughter was not there. KEEP YOUR CHILDREN UNDER CONTROL... his cop father should have known that
sorry but its the truth. rip
150 guy

Mokena, IL

#13 Feb 16, 2009
Our sons wrestled with both Burke boys since grade school. God bless the Burke family.
Peaches

Burbank, IL

#14 Feb 17, 2009
Blame isn't the issue. It is about helping the family deal with the loss of their son, brother, grandson. He was young and had his entire life ahead of him. Why do people want to argue right now? Put that energy into prayer to help this family make through what I'm sure will be the hardest time of their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in knowing that he was loved by so many and will never be forgotten.
Reason not lost

United States

#15 Feb 17, 2009
Marilynn wrote:
What the hell does "thats my bet" mean? Screw you this was an accident and yes there are a lot of waht if I did this or did that but it was a tragic accident..we read about kids finding guns and accidently the gun goes off because kids are not familiar with the workings of a gun...adults dont leave guns in a house for kids to get a hold of GRRRRRRRRRRR you idiot...adults have guns because it is our constitutional right and we have guns for protection...kids may find a hidden or locked up gun and make a bad decision and accidents happen...noone here is STUPID its just a tragedy....my prayers go out to the Burke Family and to Ryan....he was a great kid with a milliuon friends and so is his brother Danny....
As the story goes, the 'boy' was 15 years old and not a child. In my neck of the woods a child reaches the age of reason by age 6 to 7. If the victim was 6 or 7 even, that would be more understandable but still tragic. But, a kid who is 15 and gets killed is not acting very sensibly. Don't you think a kid that old knows what's going on. If average, he has probably seen 50,000 murders by guns on TV and in movies, and if he ever played a 'game' like 'Grand Theft Auto' he simulated the killing of dozens of characters himself. So, give us all a break with the violin music, and admit that the kid was doing something he knew was highly inappropriate and he got himself killed. By the way, all this logic goes for live grenades also.
Carol C

United States

#16 Feb 17, 2009
Peaches wrote:
Blame isn't the issue. It is about helping the family deal with the loss of their son, brother, grandson. He was young and had his entire life ahead of him. Why do people want to argue right now? Put that energy into prayer to help this family make through what I'm sure will be the hardest time of their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in knowing that he was loved by so many and will never be forgotten.
Finding the reason why such things happen is important so others can prevent similar tragedys.
This story is a public story and people are speculating about what really happened because the news does not tell the whole story. Was alcolol involved, were others present, was the gun being played with, was the boy suicidal? I think these questions are not only significant, but vital to understand what has happened and why. There is obviously much more to this story than reported, and it's probably that way to spare the feeling of the family, and for no other good reason. It's 'feel good' news reporting. In this case it's 'minimize feel bad' news reporting.
seriously now

Chicago, IL

#17 Feb 17, 2009
Why does it matter as to how it all happened? A 15 year old boy whom was loved a lot by his family and friends is gone. Right now is not the time to speculate and question. We are all mourning and it would be nice if you respected Ryan Burke as a person, not a fricken news story. If you want to question strategies of people and why a gun was present, switch to politics and war issues. This isn't the time or place to argue when in all reality, unless you personally knew the Burke family, it isn't your time or place to say anything at all ever. You want to be spread your condolences and your grief, pray for the family; don't use them for your daily online play.
Sad

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 17, 2009
ohoh wrote:
yes a tragedy although my daughter was friends with him and I caught them drinking once at my house. She informed me that they drink often together. Believe me my daughter is in deep trouble. It leaves me wondering, what really happened that night. I'm just happy my daughter was not there. KEEP YOUR CHILDREN UNDER CONTROL... his cop father should have known that
sorry but its the truth. rip
So nice of you MOM for sharing this tid bit of information. What kind of mother are you? Obviously not a very good one for putting something like this about this boy out there at a time like this. Big deal, your kid in trouble, whoopy -- at least she's still alive. If she were dead would you appreciate someone -- especially someone who considers themself an adult -- putting something so damaging about this deceased child out there? Shame on you!
pissed off in manhattan

Minooka, IL

#19 Feb 17, 2009
I can't believe how many idiotic people are making comments on here that do not even know the details of this story. First of all, it is none of your business. This family is hurting right now. It is a tragedy and no one is perfect. Everyone should stop sounding so high and mighty. I'm sure they don't need your help blaming themselves. It is a natural reaction to think of the things that they may have been able to do to prevent this from happening. The truth is, you can do everything right and accidents still happen. That's why they are called accidents. Their father did not even know that the kids knew where he kept his gun. Teenagers get into things they are not supposed to get into all the time. I know that the gun did not have a clip in it and therefore, the kids thought it wasn't loaded. They did not know that there is always one bullet in the chamber, even without the clip. So, all of you idiots need to just mind your own business and maybe know what you are talking about before you chime in with your opinion that is not needed or asked for.

Since: Apr 08

Lake In The Hills, IL

#20 Feb 17, 2009
Sad wrote:
<quoted text>
So nice of you MOM for sharing this tid bit of information. What kind of mother are you? Obviously not a very good one for putting something like this about this boy out there at a time like this. Big deal, your kid in trouble, whoopy -- at least she's still alive. If she were dead would you appreciate someone -- especially someone who considers themself an adult -- putting something so damaging about this deceased child out there? Shame on you!
How terrible that the truth hurts.
pissed off in manhattan

Minooka, IL

#21 Feb 17, 2009
I just can't believe how some of these people, that I assume are adults, are acting on this site. I wonder why you find it necessary to come down so hard on this family that you don't even know. How is it any of your business and why do you care so much. Maybe you should get a life. Oh, and I am sure that you are all perfect parents, right?
Thomas Blake

Louisville, KY

#22 Feb 17, 2009
The things Carol said above made a lot of sense to me. Yea, it was reported, got into the news and a gun was mentioned. Because of this, people are talking about it OK??? Perhaps if the news hadn't mentioned the gun we could all feel this soft comfortableness, and sense of tragic loss because the hard, brutal facts of his death,(that is the presence of a loaded gun) would be overlooked. Something very unpleasent happened and the press and the family don't want to have to talk about it. Maybe we should.
Thomas Blake

Louisville, KY

#23 Feb 17, 2009
pissed off in manhattan wrote:
I can't believe how many idiotic people are making comments on here that do not even know the details of this story. First of all, it is none of your business. This family is hurting right now. It is a tragedy and no one is perfect. Everyone should stop sounding so high and mighty. I'm sure they don't need your help blaming themselves. It is a natural reaction to think of the things that they may have been able to do to prevent this from happening. The truth is, you can do everything right and accidents still happen. That's why they are called accidents. Their father did not even know that the kids knew where he kept his gun. Teenagers get into things they are not supposed to get into all the time. I know that the gun did not have a clip in it and therefore, the kids thought it wasn't loaded. They did not know that there is always one bullet in the chamber, even without the clip. So, all of you idiots need to just mind your own business and maybe know what you are talking about before you chime in with your opinion that is not needed or asked for.
Why don't you just fill all of us 'idiots' in on all the facts of this tragic event? I don't think you know shit. If a round was in the chamber, it just goes to show you, people shouldn't be fooling around with things they don't know about!

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