Family pleads for answers in murder of 14-year-old at water park
By Stephanie Baumer
Kansas City police were called about 1 p.m. Sunday to The Bay Water Park on an ambulance call. (Ken Ullery/KCTV) By Stephanie Baumer
LaShonda Kane holds a picture of her daughter Alexis at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. (Jonathan Carter/KCTV) By Stephanie Baumer
“We miss you, we love you so much. I'd give my life to have my baby back. I would give my life to have her back with us,” Alexis' aunt said. By Stephanie Baumer
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -Authorities are investigating the murder of a 14-year-old girl at a Kansas City water park and now her parents are pleading for answers.
The victim was identified as Alexis Kane, an eighth-grader at Smith-Hale Middle School in the Hickman Mills School District.
Kansas City police were called about 1 p.m. Sunday to The Bay Water Park, at 7101 Longview Rd., on an ambulance call.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found Alexis dead with a gunshot wound lying face down. Authorities initially said it was a suspicious death, but later determined that the teen was killed. The water park is just minutes from the teen’s home and not far from her middle school.
“It’s enough babies losing their lives out here. Her whole future, her whole future was in front of her and it was taken,” said Shanaya Kane, Alexis’ aunt. “We do not wish this pain on anybody. We are not seeking revenge. We are seeking justice and that is it… Just as if it was your only family member. You would want justice. We want the same for ours.”
After the teen’s body was found at a South Kansas City water park, her family made a plea for help - for the girl they said loved life.
“Beautiful. Sweet inside and out. She loved her brothers and sisters,” Kane said. “She didn’t, she wouldn’t hurt a fly on the wall. She wouldn’t hurt anybody and, for somebody to do this, is just cruel. It’s very cruel.”
Besides her family, Alexis’ killer also took her away from friends and classmates.
“A whole of people were crying. They were sad. Everyone was sad,” said Zare Williams, a seventh-grader at Smith-Hale.
Alexis was last seen at a 7-Eleven on Blue Ridge Boulevard early Sunday.
“She left in such a good mood. She was going to do something teenagers do. She was going to hang with friends and watch movies,” Kane said.
Police are investigating, but the family said they know someone knows something.
“Help me, please help me,” said LaShonda Kane, Alexis’ mother, while she rocked back and forth holding her daughter’s photo.
While they wait and hope for answers, the family has a message for the teen killed all too soon.
“We miss you, we love you so much. I’d give my life to have my baby back. I would give my life to have her back with us,” Shanaya Kane said.
Alexis’ school had additional grief counselors on hand for students or faculty who wanted to talk Tuesday.
One day after Alexis’ body was found near the water park, police answered another call for help. A man told them two men robbed him of his wallet very near the water park. Police are checking into all leads, including if the robbery could possibly be related to Alexis’ death.
If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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