By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
The family of a slain Kansas City, KS, teenager held a vigil and spoke out about the death of their son Thursday night.
Miguel Garcia, 14, was shot and killed last Saturday afternoon and the family wants to know why.
The vigil was held to remember an eighth-grade boy whose life was cut short.
"He was a very energetic kid, he made sure every time we came home to see him he gave us a big giant hug," Miguel's cousin Tisha Marta said.
Miguel was the youngest of four and just 14 years old when someone gunned him down at the corner of 14th Street and Armstrong Avenue in Kansas City, KS. His family and friends say he deserved better.
"I don't think he deserved it because he's like 14. What harm could he do to anybody? It's just sad that he's so young and he loses his life," his friend Jonathan Orona said.
Miguel lived just down the street from where he was shot. Police said two men in a black Ford Explorer drove up and yelled while Miguel and a friend were walking. Then, police said, the Explorer drove around the block, returned and opened fire.
Police continue to look for suspects in the case, but the family just wants the violence to stop.
"Violence is horrible and family is everything. We want this to show that we don't want any of the violence to continue - that we want love and joy to come out of this, not hate," Marta said.
If anybody would like to help the Garcia family with funeral expenses, they can contact Brotherhood Bank and Trust, located at 756 Minnesota Ave. in Kansas City, KS. The bank's phone number is 913-321-4242.
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