Russian Roulette Indiana Tragedy: Teen Kills Himself Playing Russian Roulette

December 9, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Russian roulette, Indiana teen, late night, quite possibly few drinks, all of it add up to a very sad Thursday for a family and an entire community. An Indiana teenager, playing Russian roulette, has died. Leroy Young, aged 17, died on the scene of the incident.

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Russian roulette in Indiana leaves one young man dead. Russian roulette, which was birth in Russia in the early 19th century, was practiced by many famous figures including Malcolm X and John Hinckley, Jr., the man who attempted to murder President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

But one the most talked about Russian roulette related incident involved illusionist, Derren Brown, who decided to take part in the dangerous game on live TV in England in 2003.

While the men mentioned above have survived playing the infamous game, it has claimed the lives of many. On Thursday night, an Indiana teen named Leroy Young was added to the long list of people killed while playing Russian roulette.

According to members of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday night at around 11:58 p.m., a group of teenagers were at a home located at 4587 W. 1300 South, Galveston.

As the teens were playing video games, 17-year-old Leroy Young pulled out a gun that he had in his pocket. The Indiana teen told his pals that the gun had only one bullet.

The witnesses stated that the former Kokomo High School teen began to handle the loaded gun in a dangerous manner, before placing it on his temple in order to play Russian roulette.

Mr Young pulled the trigger once and a shot was fired, killing him instantly. The Indiana State Police, emergency medical personnel from Dukes Memorial Hospital, and the Galveston Fire Department arrived to the scene only to find out it was too late for the teen. Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller issued a statement that read:

“Leroy Young, 17, died of an apparent gunshot wound at the residence of an acquaintance at about midnight.”

He went on to add:

“The investigation is still in the early stages.”

According to The Inquisitr, Young was well known at his former school, and grief counseling will be made available for those who need it.

Before Indiana, the game of Russian roulette claimed the life of another man in Ohio last week. Police say that a man named Rashaun McCrae, killed himself while playing Russian roulette on Monday night in Whitehall.

An 18-year-old friend, who was with McCrae, told authorities that they were sitting in the kitchen spinning the cylinder of a revolver, when he asked him if he wanted to play Russian roulette.

The friend declined to take part in the fatal game, left the room and heard a gunshot. A 23-year-old woman confirmed the Russian roulette story by telling the police that McCrae showed her and a friend the weapon, loaded it with one bullet, held it to his head, fired it and he died on the spot.

Along with Indiana, Russian roulette has claimed lives in Texas (musician Johnny Ace in 1954) and Pennsylvania (1946 a teen was killed playing a modified version of the game).

Indiana Russian roulette story has sparked a conversation about the need for more gun prevention efforts in some areas of this country.

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    1. Dave M. says:

      Anyone who plays Russian Roulette deserves a Darwin Award!

    2. 2ndprotectsall says:

      Mother Nature thinning the herd.

    3. JCM says:

      Gun control will not fix this. Birth control will.


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