Shooting death of boy

A 12-YEAR-old boy has died in a firearms incident at a property near Bruthen.

Police were called to the Chambers Rd address just after 2.30pm on Friday, but Hamish Evans died at the scene.

The exact circumstances surrounding his death are yet to be determined, but police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

The boy was remembered with a guard of honour on Sunday as his junior footy teammates took to the field for the first time since his death.

The boys wore black arm bands and the girls wore white as a sporting tribute.

AFL Gippsland general manager Travis Switzer said the Omeo and District League match on Sunday was an emotional one, adding it was gutsy to see the junior team take to the field under such circumstances in a game which it won.

“The community’s shown great strength; it was amazing to see,” he told Fairfax Media.

Hamish’s distraught family could not face attending the game.

But Bruthen club president Roger Andrew said everyone was thinking about them.

“As soon as the time is right, we’ll just welcome them back,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll all push on from there.”