Anna Buchanan remembers her friend Jack Price as “someone you could go to when you were going through something tough.”
Buchanan, a senior at Blue Springs South High School, is one of many friends and family devastated by the shooting death of Price, 18, on Friday night.
Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of Northwest Vesper Street about 9:30 p.m.
Officers found Price and transported him to a local hospital, where he died from his wounds.
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Jennifer Dachenhausen, a police spokesperson, said Saturday afternoon that investigators were “looking into some very strong leads” and had identified two people of interest.
Family set up a GoFundMe account in Price’s name.
“My brother, Jack Price, passed away by gun shot January 12, 2018,” wrote the account’s creator. “He was loved by many and will be missed everyday.”
Buchanan, who dated Price in middle school and remained friends with him, remembers his sense of humor and his ability to listen to others.
“He was a funny guy. Anywhere he went he kind of like made people happy,” she said. “He didn’t really talk about himself a lot. He was there for other people.”
Buchanan said Price graduated from Blue Springs South last year.
It was the second fatal shooting of a Blue Springs teen in less than a month. In the early morning hours of Dec. 18 Colby Stephenson, 16, a student at Valley View High School, was found dead in a front yard in the 1700 block of Northwest Sixth Street.
“We’ve lost so many high schoolers,” Buchanan said.