Family of Gun Instructor Killed in Tragedy Posts Incredible Video for the 9-Year Old Girl Who Pulled the Trigger


by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News

Some you you may remember the tragic event that occurred on August 25th, when firearms instructor Charlie Vacca was killed. Well now the children of Charlie Vacca speak out, making a very emotional statement to the 9 year-old girl who accidently shot their dad.


The Vacca family attorney James Goodnow stated, “Charlie’s family understands that this incident has spawned a broader national discussion about gun safety and automatic weapons in the hands of children. Although we feel this discourse is important — and we intend to participate — Charlie’s loved ones don’t want it to overshadow the impact this tragedy has had on everyone involved.”

The children’s statement is below…..

“We’re Charlie Vacca’s kids and we wrote this letter to the little girl. We don’t know your name, but we are connected by this tragedy. In the news we are just called “the family,” “the 9-year-old girl,” “the Instructor,” but we do have names. Our names are Ashley, Elizabeth, Tyler, and Christopher. We are Charlie Vacca’s kids. We wanted you to know something about him.

Our dad wasn’t just an instructor. He was funny, strong, a protector, a hero and our friend. He was a good man.

You’re only 9 years old. We think about you. We are worried about you. We pray for you. And we wish you peace. Our dad would want the same thing.

Like you, we are living through this tragic event that we cannot shut off. It’s with us all the time.

Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life. You should not let this define you. You should love yourself and love your family.

Some day we hope we can meet you, hug you, and tell you that it’s okay.”

  • nwwapiti

    Charlie’s got some great kids there, and the advice is spot on.

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  • Kentucky red

    Classy! I’m glad they seem to understand that it was an accident and the 9 year old ain’t at fault!

  • Bradley Scott Campbell

    the better part of family, and beliefs, and of forgiveness.

  • Tommy Harlan

    … Why are they all reading from a script?? Every single line?? i was going to share this, but 20 seconds into it, I felt like i was watching the beheading journalist tapes….

    • Rich Harvey

      The article said they wrote the girl a letter. I could be wrong but maybe it was the letter they were reading.

    • iaapcapoi

      Use your brain. Because it’s difficult and sometimes in difficult situations it’s easier to do that. Get over yourself.

    • Reetz


    • Sam Adams

      Tommy Harlan: You felt you were “watching the beheading of journalist tapes?” You “felt?”

      That’s your problem. You prefer to “feel” rather than engage your brain and “THINK!”

      You’re an idiot.

    • Jeanne Kornak

      What a stupid thing to say! These kids just lost their father and this was hard for them to say. They probably thought long and hard about what to say and they didn’t want to say it wrong

    • Johanna Roberts


    • Dan Thompson

      Tommy Harlan is a douche nozzle.

    • Ramona Cashmore

      I wish more people were kind and empathetic toward others instead of so quick to find something wrong with other people and their posts. The bashing and beating others’ up over their comments is so tiring. Tommy, I’m not sure what is really bothering you, but if you could put yourselves in the shoes of these kids for a moment, maybe you could appreciate the thoughtfulness and selflessness that it took for them to think beyond their own pain and loss, and with kindness and concern, strive to comfort another. Especially when they are reaching out to the person whose actions caused them to lose their father. That is HUGE. That is Christ-like. And that is not an easy thing to do. I applaud them for their examples of compassion and empathy, in the midst of their own suffering. They are heroes in my book because they have done what many adults would find very difficult to do – they are people of great character and substance. Now please think about this for a moment, and let their actions touch you and cause you to be grateful for what they shared, and who knows, maybe with time and consideration, you could become a person of great character too.

    • Violets

      It was a group letter, a letter that the children wanted to share the reading of, they made an agreement to each other to say what was in the letter and they shared the experience. You really shouldn’t be looking for these kids to be doing anything “wrong” in looking for a way to help a little 9 year old girl get over a tragic accident.

    • Daffy2009

      We all know that even If the kids looked right at the camera, Tommy would say that they were just reading off of cue cards. He doesn’t understand the nature of forgiveness.

    • John Best

      Maybe they were afraid they’d cry. This is very emotional and this keeps them focused.

    • Spud

      It was written by the law firm noted at the bottom of the video

  • tornadotess

    Stunned beyond belief! What an amazing family. The world would be a better place with more people like this!

    • lifesaver77

      I agree wuth you 200%. Mr Vaccas’ s family are a tribute to the way he brought them up. I wish there were many more families like his in these United States. I hope this unfortunate incident leads to mandatory safety precautions at every training school.

    • John Best

      Indeed it would!

  • carol

    Go Bless all of you!! Both families!


    They know who is really in charge. Beautiful!

  • Linda Ziniel

    Charlie and his wife raised some awesome kids. To bad there aren’t more people like them.

  • Dave B in AZ

    What a great family. They broke through and made themselves known to us and they are AWESOME!

  • Lynn Jewett

    Very compassionate family, I wish them all the best

  • lifesaver77

    Mr Vacca’s family are a tribute to the wonderful way he brought them up. There must have been a lot of love and understanding in that home. I pray that God watches over them and the 9 yr old girl too.

  • nolongernieve

    Amazing kids, amazing family. I’m sure their father is watching over them and is very proud .

  • Britbike

    This was as innocent as water flowing over a Dam,,, How can you not Love these Kids,,, all these kids that are forever linked by this,,, Charlie and His Wife are Two of the most exceptional people Ive ever heard about,,, I don’t have the words,,,,,,

  • Kevin M. Koop

    It would be nice to allow the families to meet. It would be a good bonding experience for all involved and for the public to witness. It was an accident.

  • bweez b-wildered b-wise

    “Tears!” May God give this family and the little girl peace… How precious is the gift of God’s love and forgiveness!!! If there was more forgiveness and less cries for “closure” (which interprets as revenge,) our world would know more peace.

  • Clay Burruss

    God does not take someone out of your life without a reason. Maybe Charlie Had something to do in Heaven. God bless you all.

  • sustainablechoices

    True examples, your daddy is proud. You guys rock, I love each one of you as a fellow human who could not agree more.

  • Michael S. Parks

    Why are they putting this out in public? This is something that should be between them and the 9 year old girl. Did some publicist put them up to it?

    • commenting1234

      i think it’s because they dont know who the 9 year old girl is and are hoping this will get to her. because she is a minor, they wouldnt be able to have to legally identified to them.

  • Dana Doine

    Very sad but a wonderful thing these kids are doing for the little girl. Maybe someday they will get to meet her in person. I think that hug could be helpful for all the them…God Bless all of them!!

  • J-Ho Ho

    Grace. God bless you all for your character and example!

  • Drema Hawkins Harrison

    This was great!Charlie should be very proud of his Kids!!It must have hurt them making this tape!!They will grow up to be strong and blessed they had a dad so good!!

  • Spud

    A lovely written piece by the Lamber Goodnow Personal Injury Lawyers

  • jk


  • Bill Mattingly

    What a wonderful family !!!! Their dad in heaven has a big smile on his face knowing part of him lives on in such LOVING CHILDREN !!! God Bless the little girl in this tragic accident, grant her the peace to go on and enjoy her life and think of the wonderful man who was willing to help you learn something new !!!

  • Molly B

    That made me cry. How selfless in the midst of their personal tragedy, to think of the feelings of that little girl. God bless them all. Rest in peace, Charlie. You done good.

  • Mark Dickson

    Americans all across the nation should take a close look at how this family handles such a tragedy and builds strength from within. People, this is how a great nation is built, family values are embraced and the lack of selfishness is empowered. Anti-gun activists across the nation please pay attention to their ability to see whats important, their ability to build off of what most would see as an incredibly awful situation and would try to gain financially and or politically. Its the lack of selfishness and the enormous knowledge of family core values that this family has expressed that was the building blocks that built this country. Anyone can labor at anything but not very many can prove how dedicated to positive growth like this family. This family is always welcome at my dinner table.

  • Tim Pace

    Wonderful children

  • Marty Rice

    What a classy family and how proud their father must be….forgiveness is a powerful thing and not often seen in our modern society. God bless all these kids, their Mother as well as the “nine year old girl. Prayers offered up for all…

  • Roger Gregorius

    I am sure Charlie is in Heaven smiling down on his wonderful family with great pride knowing he did an incredible job. I pray they all find peace and comfort. This family just did one of the most incredible acts of kindness I have ever witnessed. May God bless them all and may God bless the little 9 year old girl.

  • Constitutionalist

    Here is the difference between responsible, Christian moderate/ right wing gun owners and just about all liberals: The family of the instructor, who realize a mistake was made, wish the girl well, and hold no ill will, and put the onus of the tragedy on the father, and no one or anything else. Liberals, however, would have sued the girl and her family, had everyone’s guns banned, had the shooting range closed down, and had the little girl put in some kind of psychiatric ward until she was 18. Upon release, the liberals would have advocated for her to be on welfare for the rest of her life, as she would be classified as a mental health patient, unable to work and doped up on medications till she died, all on the taxpayer’s dime. #LiberalLogic

    • commenting1234

      way to try and turn a tragically heartwarming story of the redeeming power of forgiveness into political garbage. #cynicalconservative take your opinion elsewhere.

  • Don Jewell

    These kids are amazing. In spite of this terrible accident they have compassion for this 9 yr old little girl knowing the affect this has had on her. Charles Vacca raised some great kid’s. God bless them and keep them in His care.

  • Daniel Schwartz

    He must have been one heck of a man, to have kids like that! So strong… and so good.

  • Rich Ratliff

    God bless those kids… all 5 of them!

  • Shirley Lord

    What a wonderful group of children. Their father taught them well and I know he is watching after them and is very proud of them. I pray for both families.

  • Gend0517

    Wow, that just blew me away!

  • Bob Hoffman

    CLASS–ALL OF THE WAY–the man (instructor) made a terrible MISTAKE, NOT STAYING BEHIND the “six-o’clock” POSITION of the shooter–sad result, but he SURE DID TEACH his children WELL–SALUTE TO YOU, sir–RIP…

  • Tammy Barber

    crying, your dad would be proud and he taught you well.

  • barbara Vogelman

    OBVIOUSLY they were raised RIGHT!

  • Grace Stella

    Such a compassionate family. God Bless them all.

  • Coastie

    Well said! That guy raised his kids right!

  • Idaitis

    What wonderful children. Their father would be so proud. God bless them and the nine year old child.

  • Kris Mazy

    Their father is looking down and smiling! God bless them.

  • Deacon Davis

    WOW this hit me right in the gut. These kids are amazing and this is a great message to the little girl.

  • Kevin

    If this happens to a ghetto person they riot and start blaming everyone.
    Great to see a family that is holding together and didn’t let this accident get the best of them.
    Best wishes to the family! Our prayers go out to you and the little girl and her family!

  • EM Alarcon

    It is never the 9 year old’s fault in this tragedy. It’s the adults’ around her.

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