The Sunshine State and Texas have more in common than not, so maybe a particular love for the mythos of the Old West isn’t unexpected. Neither, in that sense, is a particular fetish for playing with guns. And either of those can be fine, in themselves. Just like everything’s fine…until some idiot shoots his sister in the neck — at her birthday party.
Tallahassee’s Renee Chaires (39) and her daughter (23) were born on very nearly the same day. On Saturday night, they had about a dozen friends and family members over for the usual shared birthday party. Renee (pictured above at the salon she owned) was days away from turning 40, and her daughter’s birthday was that day.
One of the attendees was Renee’s older brother, 50-year-old Eric Stayton. In the carport outside the home, Brother Eric decided to break out his real party piece — a gun, and a re-enactment of the Johnny Ringo gun twirling scene from 1993’s epic Tombstone. You can see it in the video below, about the 2:40 mark.
The movie is very, very good. Eric’s gunplay skills, apparently not so much. He made it almost all the way through the complex sequence, though. Almost. During the final maneuver, a back-sliding re-holstering, Eric dropped the firearm.
It hit the concrete floor and discharged, sending a single shot flying past his niece and directly into his sister’s neck. Renee spent the remainder of her birthday party slowly dying from the wound. Her daughter was present.
As of right now, Stayton hasn’t been charged with the killing of his sister. Witnesses corroborate his story, and Florida, as all know, can’t prosecute for sheer negligent stupidity with a firearm. Half the state would be in prison. The investigation remains open, but don’t expect much to come of it.
Watch the scene from Tombstone in the video below: