Authorities have ruled that the death of an 18-year-old Southwest High School senior, whose body was found in a south Kansas City motel, was a homicide.
Police said Daizsa Laye Bausby was suffocated. Bausby is the city’s 34th homicide of the year.
On March 21, officers found the teen’s body inside a room at the 4 Acre Motel at 8220 Hickman Mills Drive. Bausby’s mother filed a missing-person report the following day. No other details of the slaying were released Wednesday.
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Her mother, Laetta Walker-Bausby, has declined to comment on her daughter’s death.
When Bausby’s close friend India Woods learned the latest information from police, she said it hurt her to hear it, but “at least we are getting closer to learning what happened.”
Woods and Bausby’s other high school friends have said they were frustrated not knowing for more than a month how Bausby died.
Bausby, an honors student who until this year was first in her class at Southwest, ran track, played basketball and was a member of Junior ROTC. She would have graduated from high school with enough dual credit hours to earn an associate degree.
School leaders said she had been offered scholarships to more than a dozen colleges.
On Tuesday, graduates at Southwest honored Bausby. Student body president Wasiba Hamad, in her speech during the graduation ceremony, called Bausby “a beautiful friend” who was “disciplined, selfless, free-spirited. She was going to become something great.”
Students dedicated the ceremony to Bausby, who had been slated to be class salutatorian. The chair she would have occupied with her classmates instead was draped with her honor cord, her academic hood and a photo.