Community outrage over the killing of a 6-year-old Kansas City girl has not translated into help for police trying to solve the crime, officials said.
As midafternoon Monday, Kansas City police had received only two tips about the shooting death of Angel Hooper.
“Multiple” people witnessed the crime about 7:15 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven at 10615 Blue Ridge Blvd., according to police.
Angel and her father were leaving the store when someone in a car driving by and fired gunshots into the lot. Several other people were in the lot at the time, but the little girl was the only one hit.
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Police detectives were following up on leads, but they said they need the public’s help “to bring the killer of this innocent child to justice.”
On Monday, the Hickman Mills School District made three counselors available at Symington Elementary School, where Angel attended first grade.
“Some of the students are OK, and some of them are traumatized, angry and hurt,” said Ruth Terrell, a district spokeswoman. “They don’t understand.”
Terrell, Superintendent Dennis Carpenter and Symington Elementary Principal Gail White met Monday with Angel’s family. The district will be accepting donations to help Angel’s family with funeral expenses, Terrell said. Donors can call 816-316-7003.
Flags will fly at half-staff at all Hickman Mills schools until Angel’s funeral, which tentatively has been scheduled for Saturday at Concord Fortress of Hope Church, 11050 W. Longview Parkway.
A reward is available for tipsters, who can remain anonymous. Police ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477).