STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- He overcame so many troubles, but the life of a young man from Stamford ended in an instant, all because of an accident with a loaded gun.
Friends of Marcus Dixon desperately tried to save his life after he accidentally shot himself in the head while taking out what he thought was an empty magazine from a pistol.
Police say a friend called 911 around 6 Thursday night. They tried to save his life using CPR, but police say knowing the type of gunshot wound he would have never survived it.
He overcame the odds, but police say one bad decision took 22-year-old's life.
"A lot of people blame the world as to why they're having a hard time in life. This was a kid who fought really hard to reach his goals, to do better in school, and to go against the grain," said former teacher Jim Moriarty.
Abandoned by his parents, police say he was adopted as a teenager. Moriarty says he excelled in popularity, on the track, but his talent shined in football.
"He was a running back and he was quality kid in my class and he was fun to be around," he said.
Police say he was joking when he took out his gun and showed his fiends inside the house on Stillwater Road.
"The gun came out, they said he pulled the magazine out, started showing everybody, and then at that point he put it up towards his head and we think he believed the gun was unloaded and it went off," said Lt. Diedrich Hohn.
Despite witness testimony, police do not believe this was intentional.
"He was kinda boasting, kind of joking around saying 'you don't think I'll do it, you don't think I'll pull the trigger,' ya know, but his friends said he wasn't depressed," said Lt. Hohn, "he never talked about suicide, there were no signs he was depressed."
His animated personality may have died with him, but Moriarty says Dixon's legacy will live on with Stamford high.
"When a promising young man, when his life is gone at 22 or 23 years old it's just tragic," Moriarty said.
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