Three Kansas City, Kan., teenagers shot inside a car Sunday night were one week away from starting another school year in the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools.
Two of the teenagers died from the shooting just after 9 p.m. in the 6100 block of Haskell Avenue..
Le’Andrew M. Vaughn, 17, died at the scene. He was going to be a senior at F.L. Schlagle High School, which begins classes Aug. 14, a spokesman for the school district said. He played baseball for the school, according to his posts on Facebook.
Adarius Barber, 16, died later at a hospital. He was going to be a junior at Washington High School and played football for the Wildcats. Barber and Vaughn were cousins.
A third teenager in the car, also a Schlagle student, was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.
Tarence Maddox, a former Unified Government Commissioner in Wyandotte County, lamented Vaughn’s death on his Facebook page. Maddox has long coordinated youth and community programs with the school district.
“Nobody and I mean nobody can tell me anything negative” about Vaughn, he wrote. He was an “honor roll student who loved stepping, sports, and dressing up. Drew’s ambitions were set high to achieve and be great in the world.”
The teens who died and their friends and family have seen others close to them killed in the past year.
Vaughn was a relative of Natasha Hays, who was killed in a drive-by shooting Aug. 30, 2016. Four days later, 15-year-old Brannae Brown was shot and killed, and Hays’ son, Michael Adams Jr., was charged with the crime. Hays was a cousin of the famous singer Janelle Monáe.
Vaughn memorialized Hays on his Facebook profile picture, with several portraits and the words “R.I.P. Natasha Hays.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.