Stanley Metcalf was injured at a house in Sproatley East Yorkshire, on Thursday. He was taken to hospital where he died.
Fans held a minute’s applause in the sixth minute of Hull City’s game against Barnsley.On Friday, the club tweeted “Stanley will forever be a part of the Hull City family”
Stanley’s 84-year-old grandmother, described him as a “brainy, kind little boy” in a heartbreaking tribute.She described Stanley as a “massive football fan”, and said he and his twin sister were “extremely close”.
“I’ve just been in floods of tears ever since it happened, I couldn’t even sleep last night, just thinking about him and how tragic it all is.”
Police confirmed they were treating Stanley’s death as a tragic accident.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Goulding today told media: “We’re still investigating the circumstances of exactly what happened, but initial indications are that this was a tragic accident involving a pellet airgun.
Stanley had been rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary but despite the best efforts of paramedics, died.
Officers are now supporting family members after the schoolboy’s death.
Locals are said to be reeling after the tragedy as officers comb the area for clues as to just what happened.
Meanwhile, the youngster’s tragic death has caused a stir with Britain’s anti-gun campaigners who are campaigning for airguns to become illegal without a licence.
A spokesperson for UK Gun Control Network said: “Once again, we are faced with yet another death of a child and we’re not even into the first week of the Summer holidays.”This is an appalling, very sad and completely unnecessary incident which happened in Sproatley yesterday.”Airguns need to be licenced in England. Fullstop.
“If Britain had these laws then the gun would have been locked away and just like other rifles and shotguns, a licence and medical certificate would have to be provided for people being allowed to keep them.
“How many more children are going to die playing around with airguns?”