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Suicide of Las Vegas boy, 8, raises questions

LAS VEGAS – The death of a Las Vegas valley 8-year-old boy has been ruled a suicide. The Clark County Coroner’s office says it’s the youngest suicide in recent years.

According to the coroner, Clayton Singleton’s death was intentional. The boy shot himself in the head on Oct. 10 at his family’s southwest valley home.

He was one of the 350 people who have committed suicide this year in Clark County. Seven of those were under the age of 18.

What is so shocking about the Singleton case is his age.

Neighbors who lived just doors away from the boy’s family are in disbelief over the coroner’s finding.

“It makes no sense to any of us because we saw him playing out with the other kids. He was always happy and always had a smile,” said neighbor Julie Davis.

Metro Police say Singleton was home alone with his 6-year-old sister when he shot himself. The parents were not at home.

“While my heart goes out to them, I would also like to ask them what were you thinking.” Davis said. “That makes no sense in my head. They were way too young.”

There are also questions about how the boy got ahold of a gun. Police said the gun belonged to a family members.

8 News NOW attempted to talk with Singleton’s parents, but no one was home.

Authorities released a statement saying the death was ruled a suicide after a comprehensive investigation which included witness statements and physical evidence.

However, the boy’s death does remain under investigation by law enforcement.

“A lot of people are going through stuff and thinking that nobody cares,” said R. Byron Stringer, Toe Tag Monologues.

He is the creator of Toe Tag Monologues and works to reach out to kids and teens about serious issues like suicide.

He says it’s a problem they’re talking about more often, and not just with teens, but with younger children as well.

“Everybody’s situation is different, but we have to learn to teach the kids when you’re in a tough situation like that instead of trying to deal with it all by yourself turn to some of your resources,” Stringer said.

Toe Tag Monologues doesn’t tip toe around the issue.

Using props like body bags, guns and even a noose in their performances, they work to let kids know that it’s not worth taking your own life because things will get better.

For many, the brutal reality is still difficult to deal with.

“It’s so young, I mean how does life get that bad that you think that’s what your options are?” Davis said.

View full story here: Las Vegas Now