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Teen pleads guilty in McGavock classmate's shooting death

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Kaemon Robinson (Photo from Metro PD) Kaemon Robinson (Photo from Metro PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Nashville teenager has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of his classmate, and the victim's mother said it is time for forgiveness.

Kaemon Robinson, 17, is accused of shooting 15-year-old Kevin Barbee inside a Hermitage apartment in January.

Witnesses told police Robinson was playing with a pistol when it discharged and hit Barbee in the face.

Robinson had originally been charged with murder but made a plea deal for a lesser charge. He will now remain in a juvenile detention center until age 19 at the latest.

Both teens were students at McGavock High School, and the shooting came two days before President Barack Obama visited McGavock.

During his remarks at the school, Obama called the shooting "heartbreaking" and said he and the first lady were praying for the families affected by the shooting. He also met with Barbee's family prior to his speech at the school.

Following the legal proceedings Monday in juvenile court, loved ones on both sides spoke out, and Barbee's mother, Alicia Mahdi, joined hands with the grandmother of his killer.

"I have forgiven Kaemon for this, and I just wanted to show you all we can heal and we can move past this," Mahdi said.

"These are two young lives we're talking about. We're not here to tear down and destroy. We're here to build up our youth," said Robinson's grandmother, Mildred Stephens. "We have a lot of young men coming up in this community in this same situation, and I think that we need to start addressing those who are putting those guns in their hands and allowing them to have guns in their hands."

As far as who gave the gun to Robinson, police have an active investigation into that underway.

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