A GoFundMe page has been launched to pay the funeral expenses for Kaden Bauswell, 15, who was shot and killed on Tuesday near an elementary school in Kansas City, Kansas.
The fundraiser has attracted nearly $ 8,000 in donations over the past two days.
The teenager was the victim in one of several unrelated shootings that left four dead and one injured in the Kansas City area on Tuesday. Kaden’s family and community were shocked by his death, according to Tim Tripp, who organized the fundraiser.
“The unexpected death of a child is an unimaginable loss that no one could be prepared for,” Tripp wrote. “Kaden was a son, grandson, cousin and friend who was violently abducted on 8-6-2021. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Police responded to the shooting before noon in the 6600 block of Cleveland Avenue near Hazel Grove Elementary School, according to Nancy Chartrand, spokeswoman for the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.
Kaden was taken to hospital, where he died, according to the police department.
Chartrand said the initial investigation indicates that the shooting was not random and that the bullet was fired from inside a vehicle. As of Friday, there had been no update on the case.
Tripp started the fundraiser to help Kaden’s grandparents, he wrote. They will use the donation money to pay for his funeral.
“Please help us raise funds to pay his final farewells during this very painful time,” said Tripp. “All donations will go directly to his grandparents Kimberly and Bobby Hernandez to help cover unforeseen funeral expenses.”
As of Friday morning, GoFundMe had received $ 7,780 from 111 donors and it had been shared approximately 1.3 million times. Her community will also honor her life by coming together in a prayer vigil at 8 p.m. Tuesday at First Southern Baptists Church.
“This is a community prayer event commemorating the life of Kaden Bauswell, one of our church youth groups,” the event description reads.
“Bring your flowers, cards and stories as we mourn the tragic loss of Kaden. Honey Bear Daycare’s Delayne Hulse will release balloons and artist Anita Shikles will present grandparents with a memorial stone which will be placed in the church’s Cross Garden. It will be a time of hope and healing for our ecclesial community. “