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Friends Remember 13-Year-Old Augusta Boy Killed by Gun


Friends are remembering 13-year-old Michael Caleb McNatt and sharing photos of him after he was accidentally killed Friday while he and some friends were playing with a gun.

caleb1“I loved him very much,” said Alicia Watkins, who calls herself Michael’s best friend at school. She also sent us the picture at right.

“He called me his sister. … He would always make jokes and everyone at school would laugh with him. And I loved when he would always make a beat in class.”

Michael, a seventh grader at Pine Hill Middle School, was shot at a home on Dove Roven Road in Augusta. He was rushed to the hospital but died. Sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins said the shooting was a result of several young people playing with a gun and the gun going off while someone else was playing with it. No charges have been filed.

gofundmeA GoFund me page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses as well as medical bills from the efforts to save his life. The page includes the picture at right. You can get to the page here:

“No family ever expects to lose a child,” the page says. “In our time of grief and sorrow, we could use your help to cover the expense that follows a tragedy like this one.”

The page also tells more about Michael: “He loved swimming and video games like many  young boys. Kind, and always polite, he was the best of us all.  He leaves behind a little Brother Colden Ray, Mother Stacy Cook, Grandparents Donna and Roscoe Cook.”

Screen Shot 2016-10-08 at 8.39.52 AMThe grandmother of Emma Bartlett sent this photo at right of Emma and Michael during one of their happy times. She said they were boyfriend and girlfriend for awhile.

“He was a good boy,” the grandmother said. “I am so sad for his family.”

The grandmother also sent the photo above of Michael hugging a friend.

Another message from Antonio Hoffman and Karina Cruz says they knew Michael because they used to play Xbox together.

“He was a really nice kid and we loved talking to Michael,” they said. “He will always be in our prayers and memories.”



Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. “Killed by a gun,” What, did the gun get up, walk over to him and pull its own trigger? No.
    The gun was left unsecured by an adult, teenagers were ALLOWED to access it, and the result is this. Someday it will all come out names and all. The adult wasn’t charged, the teenager who pulled the trigger was not charged, nobody had to take so much as a gun class as a result, but a life was lost and it nearly destroyed an entire family.
    You did this. You know who you are. I know you will read this. I hope the nightmares are horrible and you can’t rest your soul over it. I hope your conscience tortures you about it for the rest of your lives. I hope you are always nervous about it, wondering who knows.

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