A 16-year-old girl shot at an apartment complex in Kansas City was the granddaughter of a long-time area television reporter turned pastor, family members said Saturday.
Nearly three dozen people clad in red and black came together Saturday to pay homage to Alexis Mitchell, a 16-year-old girl who died Friday two days after being shot.
Alexis was severely wounded in a shooting Wednesday at the Park Meadows Apartments in the 7900 block of Manchester Avenue. Officers responding to the scene found the girl suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and died two days later.
Police said one person was taken into custody. They have not released a motive for the shooing or other details.
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On Saturday, at C. Lee Kenagy Park in Raytown, most family members and friends were reluctant to speak on the shooting. Instead, they wanted to focus on Alexis, who was 10th-grade student at Raytown South High School. She was described as athletic, nice, and quiet with a fondness for the color red.
“She was a sweet girl,” a family friend said moments after a horde of red balloons were released into the air in Alexis’ memory.
Family members said Alexis’ grandfather was Rev. Thurman Mitchell, who left a career as a television newsman to become a minister in 1998. Thurman Mitchell, who died in 2000 at age 55, worked as a reporter for KCTV-5 from 1982 until 1998.
Alexis’ parents have been rocked emotionally by the shooting. Her mother, Lisa Mitchell, spent most of the vigil receiving hugs and kisses from a throng of well-wishers and supporters.
In a post on a GoFundMe page set up on behalf Alexis, Mitchell described the family’s pain.
“On Wednesday, Dec. 13, my beautiful baby girl’s 16 years of life came to a tragic end, leaving her parents and three siblings emotionally and mentally devastated,” Mitchell wrote.
The fund raised nearly $1,300 the first day it was posted.