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Parents of Kansas City girl killed by stray bullet warn about celebratory gunfire

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A mother whose daughter was killed by celebratory gunfire will go door-to-door to try and prevent another tragedy during this Fourth of July holiday. A mother whose daughter was killed by celebratory gunfire will go door-to-door to try and prevent another tragedy during this Fourth of July holiday.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A mother whose daughter was killed by celebratory gunfire will go door-to-door to try and prevent another tragedy during this Fourth of July holiday.

Michele Shanahan-Demoss, Brian Demoss and police will head to spots where bullets have flown before.

Blair Shanahan Lane’s parents and Kansas City police are going to go to homes where gunfire took place during the Fourth of July holiday last year.

They will use information from Shot Spotter, which detects gunfire around the city. With heavy hearts, they hope to educate the community.

Police say they have seen a reduction in gunfire where they went door-to-door last year and hope to have the same impact again this year.

Blair was celebrating the Fourth of July in 2011 when she was hit by a bullet. Four people who were also celebrating nearby shot a gun and the bullet traveled to where Blair was, striking her in the neck. 

She died 24 hours later. 

Ever since the senseless tragedy, Shanahan-Demoss has fought to educate others about the dangers of celebratory gunfire.

She has asked those celebrating to use common sense because a bullet can travel and take an innocent life in an instant.

"What happened to Blair was 100 percent preventable," Shanahan-Demoss said. "It didn't need to happen. Sometimes it flashes in front of my eyes. I can't get it to go away. The way I make it go away is to persevere with goodness." 

She will also hand out pictures of her daughter and encourage others to become organ donors.

She will join police officers as they go door-to-door on Thursday and Friday. 

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