'Gun violence has to stop': Family makes plea after teen dies in shooting

Family pleads for end to gun violence at vigil
Family pleads for end to gun violence at vigil
Posted at 10:30 PM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-16 23:30:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of people brought balloons to a Raytown park Saturday afternoon to remember a teen killed earlier this week.  

Alexis Mitchell, 16, was shot at an apartment complex near 79th and Manchester in Kansas City Wednesday night. She later died of her injuries. 

"Some children had access to a weapon," Latahra Smith, with KC Freedom Project, told 41 Action News. "It discharged and she was shot in the head."

KCPD has a person of interest in custody and continues to investigate the teen's death. 

"She was very sweet, very helpful," Smith said. "Just an all-around great kid."

During the vigil Saturday, Mitchell's siblings spoke to the crowd and fought back tears as they petitioned for a safer, more responsible Kansas City. 

"I want the community to know and understand that gun violence has to stop," said Brianna Strong, Mitchell's sister. "Especially with our young kids. Our young kids are dying every single day."

Mitchell attended Raytown South High School. Many of her classmates attended the vigil as her family challenged everyone to speak up against gun violence. 

"We need justice for my sister, for my family," said Strong. "We need closure." 

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses. Over $1,400 has been raised in just one day.