Lawrence 17-year-old charged with murder following fatal shooting of 14-year-old

Published: Mar. 20, 2023 at 4:33 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (KCTV) - A Lawrence 17-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder for a deadly shooting that killed a 14-year-old on Saturday.

On Monday, police identified the victim as 14-year-old Kamarjay Shaw.

A spokesperson for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office said the state will seek to prosecute the 17-year-old as an adult.

The investigation began shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. Someone called 911 to report a shooting near 13th and Maple Lane. Investigators found the victim at a nearby apartment complex, where he went for help. The teen was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries.

“To lose a kid who once attended Lawrence Public Schools, that’s the hardest part about being a school resource officer,” said School Resource Officer Cpl. Kacey Wiltz.

According to police, both the victim and suspect previously attended schools in the Lawrence Public Schools district. School resource officers and members of a mental health support team offered support Monday to help students and staff who are grieving.

“When it’s a youth, that hurts,” Wiltz said, “especially for school resource officers. We know these kids. We care about these kids and it’s tragic, truly. We had a lot of crying students at both high schools this morning. To be a part of that mental health team, to be a resource, really means a lot to us -- as a community member -- to be there for the rest of the community.”

Police said a 17-year-old suspect that investigators were searching for turned himself in Sunday.

Police initially asked the public for help in locating 17-year-old Derrick Del Reed and a dark 2015 Chrysler 300 he was driving. After he turned himself in, he was transported to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center.

Investigators found the unoccupied Chrysler 300 within the city limits. It is being processed by investigators.

A detention hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the juvenile division.

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