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Autopsy results released for Clinton teen

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Suzette Byrd holds up photos of her son Eugene Kinard. (Sept. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina) Suzette Byrd holds up photos of her son Eugene Kinard. (Sept. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)
CLINTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Eugene Kinard's family is pleading with young people to "put down the guns."

"Everybody put the guns down," Suzette Byrd, Kinard's mother, implored. "Love one another, quit shooting each other."

Kinard, 17, was shot in the head early Sunday morning in Clinton. Family members said his friends left him for dead in a neighbor's yard.

Clinton Public Safety Chief Robin Morse said on Wednesday that there are no signs of foul play at this time, but he is receiving conflicting information about what happened to Kinard. 

"Some say he was playing Russian roulette, some stories say that's not the case," Morse said.

Morse said Kinard was with three other people when the incident happened and one of them took a polygraph. He passed the test, Morse said.

The man's story was that Kinard was playing with the gun when it accidentally went off.

Based on what the family has heard, they said Kinard could not have shot himself in the head the way it was reported because he was right-handed.

Kinard was on life support until he passed away Monday afternoon, according to Coroner Nick Nichols.

Kinard's brother said the young man's friends all left him to die.

"Kids with guns, they just need to put them down," said Nathaniel Swindler, Kinard's older brother. "Kids are getting killed day in and day out. This is just senseless, senseless, senseless."

Police in Clinton are still interviewing witnesses. Morse said the State Law Enforcement Division is assisting in the investigation and they are still following up on leads, though they have received mixed accounts of what happened.

Nichols said the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head with a .38 caliber pistol on Thursday.

He said the manner of death is still under investigation by the coroner's office, the Clinton Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Kinard's organs were donated before the autopsy.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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