Man dies taking selfie with gun

Oscar Aguilar, 21, was a veterinarian who enjoyed taking selfies. (Facebook photo)
Oscar Aguilar, 21, was a veterinarian who enjoyed taking selfies. (Facebook photo)

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, was a huge fan of the selfie. His Facebook page was littered with them. He snapped them in his car, next to booze bottles and just lounging around the house.

Sunday, Aug. 3, he attempted to top them all, setting out to take the selfie of all selfies. Sadly, it would be his last.

Police say Aguilar didn’t know his friend’s gun was loaded when he attempted to snap a picture of himself with it against his head. Before he could get the picture, the gun discharged, sending a bullet into his skull.

“I heard a gunshot, and then I heard somebody screaming and realized somebody had been hurt,” neighbor Manfredo Paez told Mid-day. I called the police straight away and when they arrived they found that he was still alive.”

Aguilar was still alive. But not for long. The young veterinarian died on the way to the hospital.

According to a report from the Ministry of Public Security, Aguilar had been drinking. Results of an autopsy and toxicology reports are pending. The shooting has been ruled an accident.

Friend Omar Abner Campos Vives was detained by police after the shooting. It is not known if he has been charged. Another friend fled the scene and is still wanted for questioning.

Fatal selfies are becoming more common as the trend of posting the photos grows in the social media.

In April, 32-year-old Courtney Sanford was driving when she snapped a selfie and posted it on Facebook. Moments later, her car veered off a North Carolina road, hit a recycling truck and exploded. Sanford was killed. Merrick McCoy, 22, of Colorado, posted a selife with his daughter before killing her and himself last November.

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