Teen fatally shoots himself while he and his friends played with gun in Long Island home

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Derek Cosme, 15, from Glen Cove, died after accidentally shooting himself in the face. (Instagram)

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — A 15-year-old is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the face as he and two friends played with a gun at a Long Island home, police said Thursday.

The three juveniles were playing with a loaded handgun at a home on William Street, near Gaffney Street, in Glen Cove Wednesday around 8 p.m., local police said.

The 15-year-old, who was identified as Derek Cosme by his aunt, shot himself in the face, and was pronounced dead, police said.

The gun was owned by a Nassau County licensed pistol holder, police said.

Cosme’s family is trying to raise money to help pay for funeral expenses. They have raised more than $6,700 of the $20,000 fundraising goal as of Thursday afternoon.

Cosme’s sister, Jasmine Elise Vasquez, wrote on the GoFundMe page that Derek “was very outgoing, friendly, smart and just loved by so many.”

Police investigate after they say a teenager accidentally shot and killed himself while playing with a gun in Glen Cove on Aug. 2, 2017. (PIX11)

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