An 18-year-old from Kansas City has been charged in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Tyson White in Grandview.
Ja'quann L. McCarver has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of armed criminal action, and second-degree murder.
According to court records, McCarver told police that he met the victim in the afternoon the area of 119th and Holiday in Grandview on May 29 after the victim asked him to get a gun for his own protection.
When the victim met McCarver to give him money for the gun, McCarver said that he decided to keep the gun and take the money.
The victim left the vehicle where they had met and McCarver said he fired a shot at the victim.
Police found the victim outside with a fatal gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.
McCarver said he did not intend to kill the victim.
Prosecutors have requested a cash bond of $100,000.
On Saturday, the victim's family gathered where he was shot to mourn, pray, and speak out against violent incidents like this one.
White's family shared their memories of him, calling him an all-around good kid and saying he had a bright future.
They said he went to Hickman Mills High School, worked at a nearby fast food restaurant, and loved playing on the football team.
Many of the people who came to support the family were friends and teachers from his school.
Kansas City's AdHoc Group Against Crime said they were there to help the family seek justice for White’s death.
“Today really is about beginning that process of mourning, helping that family through the process,” Damon Daniel said. “We really do know this is a lifelong journey. The family is hurt.”
“This young man had a promising future,” he said. “He was a great kid and outstanding student, from what I'm told. Just an all-around good guy.”
AdHoc said that even though the arrest has been made and charges have been filed, they are still asking people with information to call the TIPS Hotline.
A GoFundMe has been created to help raise money for White's funeral expenses.
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