Kansas City Public Schools district leaders today expressed sympathy to the family and friends of Daizsa Bausby, the Southwest Early College Academy student who was found dead in March in a south Kansas City motel room.
On Wednesday Kansas City police ruled her death a homicide. Details of how the teen was killed have not yet been released by police.
“Daizsa was a bright light in the ECA (Early College Academy) that was extinguished way too early,” ECA Coordinator Paula Schaaf, said in the district statement.
“She was an inspiration,” Southwest Principal Earl Williams, said. “She was a mentor to all of our kids through the activities she was involved with, and as they move forward, they will remember her spirit and wisdom.”
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Bausby, 18, was on track to graduate at the top of her class, was a cheerleader, an athlete and a promising senior who had offers from 10 colleges and $84,000 in college scholarships at the time of her death. She had been tapped as salutatorian for her class for graduation and would have left high school with diploma from Southwest and a two-year associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.
The district statement said Bausby “was a talented, dedicated scholar who made a positive impact on the staff and students who were fortunate enough to know her...
“It’s impossible to measure the loss caused by a death like this, but it’s clear Ms. Bausby would have made a great impact on the world as she developed into a young adult,” The statement said. “We will focus on teaching our students to live in a way that honors her memory.”