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Almost 400 people attend vigil for slain 14-year-old girl

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The community is responding to an act of violence that left a young teen girl dead at a water park with prayers and calls for justice.

Almost 400 people, including Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and members of the Kansas City, MO, City Council, showed up to a Thursday night vigil.

The body of Alexis Kane, 14, was found at the Bay Water Park, 7101 Longview Rd., on Sunday. She was last seen with friends on Saturday evening.

The Ad Hoc Group Against Crime organized the gathering that included her family and friends at the scene of the crime. Many young people were in attendance to share in the grief and frustration of the terrible crime that is still unsolved.

"We can't let this continue," Kansas City Councilman John Sharp said.

Alexis was an eighth-grader at Smith-Hale Middle School in the Hickman Mills School District. The school is not far from the water park where she was found shot to death on Sunday afternoon.

"Smith-Hale Middle School is mourning the loss of one of our family members, Alexis Kane, an eighth grade student. Alexis has attended the Hickman Mills C-1 School District since fourth grade and has been a student at Smith-Hale since sixth grade. Alexis' smile and personality made her a stand out as a student. She was a hard-working student who was more than willing to help anyone at our school. Alexis' presence is missed at Smith-Hale," the school's principal, Dr. Hayet Woods, said in a written release.

Neighbors say crime in the area is becoming too much.

For Alexis' grieving mother and other family members, seeing the faces in attendance had an immeasurable value.

"No one knows how to deal with something like this until it happens, so just having the support from the community and from family and friends means everything to us," said Glenn Mitchell, Alexis' cousin.

"It's a blessing to see so many people turn out for my granddaughter. I thank each and every one of them. I know something good is going to come out of this,” said William Berry, Alexis' grandfather.

Police, who showed their support in numbers too, said the size of the turnout should impact more than just the family. It should send a message to the killer or killers too.

"We're letting them know that the community, the Kansas City Police Department, the Jackson County Prosecutor, we're all coming out, we're coming for you, so you can run but you can't hide. We will find you," said Maj. Karl Oakman.

The reward has been increased for tips leading to Alexis' murderer.

An additional contribution from Kansas City, MO, councilmen, John Sharp, 6th District, and Scott Taylor, 6th District At-Large, each at $1,000, brings the reward for an arrest in the case up to a possible $4,000. At the vigil, more contributions from other public officials were announced, bringing the award up to $6,500.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at www.KCcrimestoppers.com, or by texting TIP452 and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). Information leading to an arrest in the case could be eligible for up to $6,500 in reward money. All information is anonymous.

Alexis will be laid to rest on Saturday.

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