Students and faculty at one Kansas City School District high school were devastated Monday after a senior was gunned down.
Rickey King, 17, was killed over the weekend. Monday was especially difficult at Southwest High School, which is also known as the Southwest Early College Campus.
Students described the mood as "grim" Monday. One school board member wrote on social media that King was a senor who was "going to make it," before his life was tragically cut short.
"He was nice and funny," said fellow student Dameka Young. "He was always making people laugh."
Rickey was shot to death while inside a car with four others about 10 p.m. Saturday. Police believe the car was shot at a park near 53rd Street and Brooklyn Avenue. The driver apparently sped away trying to get to the hospital, before losing control and hitting a fire hydrant at 53rd and Prospect Avenue.
The school is collecting donations to help pay for Rickey's funeral.
"It's really senseless," said parent Phyllis Morrison. "I wouldn't know what to do if something like that happened to my child."
No arrests have been made in Rickey's death. He became Kansas City's 100th homicide.
Kansas City police say Rickey had no criminal history and there is no motive for the shooting. The police say the four were doing nothing to provoke the shooting.
"Everything I am getting, these were good kids," said Sgt. Barb Eckert, a Kansas City Police Department's homicide detective.
If you have any information, please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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