A 14-year-old has been charged with first-degree pre-meditated murder, after police said he shot and killed his own father.
Friends of the family said they never saw any trouble between the father and son, and were stunned by the news. They said the teen spent a lot of time with his dad at his grandmother's house in Kansas City, KS.
"I just couldn't believe it. (I thought) ‘Oh God, no,'" Ed Ford said.
When Ford realized the man he'd heard about on the news the night before was his neighbor, he couldn't believe it.
"I just saw him yesterday," Ford said.
Wednesday, investigators confirm Darren Gay was the man gunned down in Shawnee, KS, Tuesday while meeting with his ex-wife and her husband, in a custody exchange of their son.
Shawnee police said it was Gay's own 14-year-old son who pulled the trigger. Wednesday he was charged with the crime. KCTV5 is not identifying him, because of his young age.
Ford, who said Gay moved in with his mother a couple years ago, also said while he'd occasionally seen the father and son argue, it never seemed like anything out of the ordinary. Ford pointed out that arguments do come up with parents and teenagers.
"I'm a school bus driver for Piper schools. I handle those 13 and 14-year-olds. I see it every day, I hear it every day. I have to calm them down but, to take a gun and shoot your father, that's unbelievable," he said.
Many are left wondering what lead up to the shooting, and why it happened. Court records show Gay and his ex-wife were due in court on Friday over child support payments. While friends of Gay admit he'd been having financial problems, they said they never saw the shooting coming and describe the teen as a good kid.
"Just a normal teenager, he'd come down, he'd talk to you, just a fun-loving kid, a fun-loving teenager," family friend John Nachbar said.
Nachbar has known Gay for years. He said he adored his son and his other children, and admits his friend had recently fallen on hard times with no job.
Nachbar said Gay used to work as a teacher at University Academy, a job he missed and often talked about.
"He shined like the sun is today every time he talked about it. You could feel the warmth coming off him, the sincerity of his words," he said.
Nachbar said he'll miss talking to Gay, and will always struggle with who's been charged in his death.
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