KC police warn against celebrating with gunfire, victim honored in parade
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Blair Shanahan Lane
Kansas City police are reminding residents it's illegal to shoot firearms to celebrate the New Year's holiday or any other holiday.
Blair Shanahan Lane, 11, was dancing outside with a sparkler on July 4, 2011, when she was struck in the neck, collapsed and died. She was hit by a shot fired into the air some distance away. Her organs were donated.
Kansas City police said in a release that it's illegal to fire a gun in the city limits any day of the year and that they received calls about nearly 150 shots over the last New Years' Eve holiday. Police said officers will arrest anyone caught shooting a firearm into the air.
Chief Darryl Forte also said residents should be able to celebrate the holiday safely without fear of being hit by a stray bullet.
Blair will be honored as an organ donor during Tuesday's Rose Parade. Her mother, Michele Shanahan-DeMoss, will be riding on the 10th annual Donate Life float in the New Year's Day parade in Pasadena, CA.
Two other donors, Molly Noble of Stover, and Landon Mitchell of Solomon, KS, will also be honored on the float with special portraits.
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