A man killed at a house party in Southwest Las Vegas has been identified as a 2013 graduate of Lee’s Summit West High School.

Raheem Anthony Rice, 23, died after he was shot in the back Sunday, according to the Clark County Coroners office. His death was listed as a homicide.

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Eric Rice, his father, couldn't make sense of it.

“Why take a life," he said. "He was someone you wanted to be around.”

The Lee’s Summit West High School graduate moved to Las Vegas with his family and to purse a college degree.

Taylor Sullivan graduated with Rice in 2013. They shared a close bond.

“To have his life cut short like that is really upsetting," Sullivan said.

Sullivan says Rice had a sense of humor and a big-heart.

“That’s why it’s hitting our community so hard," Sullivan said. "You don’t expect that to happen to someone that’s that good of a person.”

Rice was standing outside a home conversing with a group on the 6100 block of Novelty Street, near South Fort Apache Road and West Patrick Lane when a black sedan drove by and opened fire, according to Las Vegas police.

A 17-year-old boy was also shot, police said. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Both victims were taken to University Medical Center Trauma where Rice later died.

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