FRISCO – It was July 26 and Danny White of Plano had just left Children’s Medical Center after an interview with CBS 11. The interview was for a story about his daughter, Micaela White, who had leukemia and was clinging to life after a bone marrow transplant.
Danny returned to work immediately following the interview. That’s when his life took a turn for the worse. “There were no witnesses. Danny did not flee the scene,” said Dawn Rose. “He was holding my son’s head with a towel as the blood ran out of my son’s head.”
Dawn Rose lost her son, Dean Grimes, that day. The 45-year-old Frisco man was an employee for White’s printing supply business. White told police that he and Grimes were playing around with a gun when it went off. “My dad was a hunter. He’s not going to play with a gun,” said Grimes’ daughter, Megan Stevens. “He’s not an idiot,” she added.
Grimes’ family believes White was the only one playing with a gun that day. “Danny callously and recklessly took my son’s life away,” said Rose.
Despite the harsh words, the Grimes family believes the shooting was an accident. However, they also say it could have been avoided if not for White’s careless actions. “Accident or not, there’s a consequence for your actions. You get in trouble. I think justice should be done,” said a tearful Stevens.
The tragedy has only added to the pain suffered by both families. Since the shooting, White’s daughter, Micaela, died from her battle with leukemia and Grimes’ daughter recently postponed her wedding.
“Who can emotionally stand getting married? It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, but not without the one person who is there to give you away, said Stevens. “I still don’t have a dad. I still don’t have a father in my life,” she added.
White has been indicted for manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison for the shooting death that took place inside his printing supply business in the 1600 block of Prudential Drive.
CBS 11 sent an e-mail to the White family for a response, but we did not hear back from them before the broadcast of our story.