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Family wants to meet and hug 9-year-old child who killed their father

By Mason White 3:23 PM September 16, 2014
Charles Vacca’s wife and children 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) In an amazing show of love and strength, a family is reaching out to a young child, who killed their father while learning how to use a gun.

The children of 39-year-old gun instructor Charles Vacca, who was fatally shot by a 9-year-old child with an Uzi in Arizona, have reached out to the little girl.

In a video message to the girl, Vacca’s four children are encouraging the child to find peace, and said that they hope to meet one day so they can give her a hug.

They also asked the little girl to put the incident behind her and move on with her life, saying that it is what their father would have wanted.

Charles Vacca and his wife have raised four wonderful children together: Christopher, 11, Tylor, 14, Elizabeth, 15, and Ashley, 19.

As we reported earlier, a family’s fun vacation turned deadly when they took their young daughter to learn how to use a firearm. The instructor at a shooting range in Arizona, died after the 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head.

The 39-year-old instructor was shot while showing the child how to use an automatic Uzi, the in Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.

About 10:00 a.m., deputies responded to the Last Stop business located at 20606 North Highway 93 in White Hills. Investigators determined that the 9-year-old girl accidentally shot the instructor in the head.

After he was shot, Carlos Vacca of Lake Havasu City, was airlifted to a Las Vegas medical center in Nevada, and was pronounced dead.

Vacca was working at the Bullets and Burgers outdoor range, located about 60 miles southeast of Las Vegas, when the accident occurred. The girl and her parents were in the range while on vacation.

Vacca was standing next to the girl, instructing her how to use the Uzi when the child pulled the trigger. The recoil sent the weapon over her head and the bullet hit Vacca, the sheriff’s office said.

A spokesperson for the shooting range said that it is very rare for something like this happen. A video released by the sheriff’s office shows part of the gun lesson Vacca gave to the child before he was shot. The video ends before the bullet hit the instructor.