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'A SMART BOY': 18-year-old killed in accidental Bronx shooting was headed to college, tearful mom says


Robert Williams, 18, of the Bronx, was playing with a friend's gun when he tripped and it shot him in the chest (Facebook)

Bronx resident Robert Williams didn’t make it out of what his mother calls “the jungle.”

He was on his way: Williams, 18, was set to enroll at SUNY Canton upstate in August. But he accidentally shot himself dead Saturday while playing with a friend’s gun just a block from his home in Soundview.

“Everybody loves him — he’s loved all over the place. From old to young, babies. Everybody,” his mom, Kimberly Hatwood, said Sunday through tears of sorrow.

“He was a smart boy.”

Williams, who graduated from Wings Academy High School on E. 180th St., took the year off to work and save money before starting college.

He liked basketball — his mom said he played as a point guard in some local tournaments.

“He was just an energetic kid. When you were around him, you were bound to laugh and have a good time,” Hatwood, 41, said.

“He walks in the door, he attracts. The attention goes straight on him. I don’t want to call him a clown — but he was a character.”

Williams died on Watson Ave. near Ward Ave., a block from his home. He stumbled and blasted himself in the chest just after 5 p.m. Saturday, cops said.

About a half dozen of his friends rushed over and tried to save him. Williams died at Jacobi Medical Center.

”It shouldn’t have been like this,” his mother said. “My son had a plan for the future. He wanted to be something. He wanted to make his mother proud.”