KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – During a violent Tuesday on the subway, two teenagers were killed in two separate shootings.
A teenager was killed in Kansas City, Missouri. The other teenager was killed in Kansas City, Kansas.
An argument that started on social media ended when a suspect shot and killed a 15-year-old around 2:30 p.m. near E. 108th Street and Sycamore Terrace in KCMO.
When police arrived, they found a young victim who had been shot near Sycamore Park. Officers attempted rescue measures at that time. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.
Bethel Family Worship Center senior pastor Dennis Lester said he recently watched the 15-year-old victim play with her sisters from his office window. Lester said he never thought it would be the last time he would see the 15-year-old alive.
“We have a family that is suffering. In fact, I don’t think ‘hurt’ is the right word, ”Lester said. “It’s a family that faces trauma and tragedy. A tragedy which is not uncommon in its region.
Lester says the young man who was killed was energetic, enthusiastic and athletic.
“All we do is walk alongside the family right now as a gift of presence,” said Lester. “It is not a gift to say the right words. Do the right thing. It’s just to make sure they feel our presence and our love.
In KCK, in another shootout, someone shot another teenager near 65th Street and Cleveland Avenue.
Upon arrival, the police discovered the teenager on a sidewalk. He was taken to a hospital in the area where he died of his injuries.
The KCK shooting happened near Hazel Grove Elementary School while a summer school program was underway. School officials closed the school as a precaution until the area was secured. KCKPS agents witnessed the dismissal.
“To this family, we want to let you know that we sympathize. We can smell you, ”Lester said. “We feel your pain. It’s a pain I’m feeling right now, I’ve never felt before in my life.
The pastor and other members of the community call for conflicts to be resolved without violence.
“Talk to these kids and let them know there is a better way to deal with anger,” Lester said. “There is a better way to resolve the frustration or the difficulties that arise. There is a better way.
KCMO and KCK police are asking anyone with information about any of the shots to contact the police department. Anyone with information can also anonymously call 816-474-TIPS.
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