Four months after Daizsa Bausby’s killing, friends rally to keep case before the public

More than four months after the unsolved killing of Southwest High School senior Daizsa Laye Bausby, friends and family gathered to keep her memory alive.

Bausby was found dead in a south Kansas City motel on March 21. Police called her death a homicide, but few questions have been answered about what happened to her.

Bausby’s friend and classmate India Woods said she is not willing to let the unsolved case be forgotten.

On Saturday, Woods organized a vigil at Mill Creek Park near the Country Club Plaza to call for more public attention on the case. About two dozen people attended, carrying pictures of Bausby, poster boards filled with messages of love for her, and pink balloons.

Woods and Bausby had expected to graduate high school together in May. Instead, Bausby was found suffocated at the 4 Acre Motel, 8220 Hickman Mills Drive.

“I will never understand how someone can be so selfish and take her life away,” Woods said. “All we ever talked about was graduation. And for me to have to sit next to an empty chair?”

Woods organized the vigil with local interfaith social justice group More2. Several friends spoke up to emphasize that Bausby was not involved in drugs or other kinds of trouble that people might think would lead to her death.

Bausby’s mother, Laetta Walker-Bausby, attended the vigil and said she was overcome with emotion after seeing her daughter’s friends rallying to her cause.

“I’m glad to see everyone loved Daizsa. I feel the love,” she said.

Bausby’s aunt, Gaye Martin, said she was confident that police detectives were working hard on the investigation and would identify the killer.

“Whoever it was knew her, and she had to trust them,” Martin said.