Family will try to fulfill dreams of child killed by stray bullet on Fourth of July

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Blair Shanahan Lane lived in a family that took in foster children.

She noticed that they often arrived at their home without any socks.

The 11-year-old had plans to launch a program that would gather socks to give to those foster kids.

Blair wanted to do it as part of a Girl Scout project.

"She came to that point a couple of weeks ago where she said- hey- I've got the name, I know exactly what I want to do. I want to call it Foster Socks," said Blair's uncle, Rocky Shanahan.

That dream was cut short, along with her life, when she was hit by a stray bullet on July 4. She died the next evening.

Police are still investigating, but it's believed the bullet was shot by someone celebrating Independence Day.

Her funeral is Saturday.

Her family plans to bring the foster socks program to life in Blair's memory.

They've already started a website to start collecting donations.

Or you can send a check to:

The Blair Shanahan Lane Memorial Fund
Blue Ridge Bank & Trust
6202 Raytown Trafficway
Raytown, MO 64133

The family found notes in her journal outlining Blair's plan.

Making it happen is a way for her family cope with her death.

"Things that they can do to continue her.... living on in everybody's hearts. And I think the Foster Socks can help do that," said Shanahan.

The family also may push for tougher penalties for people who fire guns in the city limits.

"She just wants people to know the tragedy that they caused. That the irresponsibility of your actions," is how Shanahan relayed the comments of his sister Michelle, who was Blair's mother.

In the same spirit of giving that defined Blair's 11 years on earth, her family donated her organs.

Her heart went to a 14 -year old boy.

"So we were saying she got to at least give her heart to a boy," said Shanahan.

And Blair's death has given at least six people a new chance at life.


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