Staff, students remember teacher and anti-violence advocate killed in KCMO

Published: May. 12, 2023 at 8:27 PM CDT|Updated: May. 15, 2023 at 3:40 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - UPDATE: Felony charges have now been filed against a 14-year-old in connection with the death of Jamie Craig.

On Friday, the Office of the Juvenile Officer filed a petition against the minor, alleging second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

“The charge of Murder in the Second Degree requires a mandatory certification hearing,” the public information officer for the 16th Judicial Circuit noted.

A hearing date is not yet available. The minor’s name was not made available, which is standard procedure.

Previous coverage from the evening of May 12 is below.

Kansas City, Missouri, police have identified a juvenile as a person of interest in a homicide after a teacher, who was an anti-violence advocate, was killed.

Jamie Craig was an Enough is Enough sponsor, Youth Court sponsor and Wyandotte High School teacher. The Enough is Enough program encouraged students and community members to work together to end the cycle of violence.

During a grant funding award ceremony Thursday, students and staff remembered Craig and her anti-violence advocacy efforts.

“My teacher, Ms. Craig, she was really passionate about us having a space where we could hold our peer mediations,” student Jada Harris said.

The Kansas City Royals recognized the students’ hard work to receive grant funding for a program that Craig supported and cared for before her death.

“I wish Ms. Craig could be here to share with us,” Harris said. “We can make this room in her honor. It would be something she loved. This could help students a lot. They can come and solve their problems.”

On Saturday, April 29, police in KCMO were called to complete a welfare check at Craig’s apartment near Missouri and Woodland avenues. Officers found Craig unresponsive from apparent trauma.

A KCPD spokesperson said detectives identified a juvenile as a person of interest in the investigation.

“The case is being reviewed by juvenile prosecutors for a determination of applicable charges at this time,” the spokesperson said.