Candlelight vigil held for slain teen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City family held a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember the life of Michelle Russell, the teenager found dead inside a car in a field in Independence last month.

On November 22, Kansas City police got a call of a shooting at a Motel 6 along Interstate 29 and Barry Road.

When officers arrived, they found a crime scene but no one was around.

Police then responded to North Kansas City Hospital where there were reports of a gunshot victim who arrived in a car but the driver took off without dropping her off.

Russell's body was later found inside a car with a gunshot wound in the middle of a field in independence.

"Everybody says she had a heart of gold and she would never turn anyone down she was always trying to help people. She tried to give hope to the most hopeless," the victim's mother Becky Russell said.

Kansas City police said the investigation is pending until the medical examiner releases the autopsy results which are expected to take another several weeks.

However, Thursday evening, Kansas City police stated detectives are waiting to speak with 26-year-old Joel Bravard regarding the death investigation of Russell. 

Bravard suffered life-threatening injuries after a standoff with police on the 500 block of N. Lawndale after police tried to arrest him in connection to a Platte County warrant.

Russell's mother believes Bravard is her daughter's killer.

"We all know in our hearts who did it and we've been told over and over again who did it. So yeah we believe that they do have him and I certainly hope they don't let him get away," she said. 

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