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17-year-old shot, killed in Overland Park; mother says 'they took my heart'

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Posted at 8:59 AM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 23:29:49-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 17-year-old was shot and killed Wednesday night at an Overland Park apartment complex, police said.

Officers were called out to the 8000 block of Farley Street just before 10:30 p.m. on an armed disturbance.

Police found the 17-year-old boy, identified as Ben Workman of Overland Park, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

His mother, Amy Workman, said her son had only lived in the apartment complex for a few weeks. She brought him groceries on Wednesday and cooked for him at his apartment before he died.

“I lost my life yesterday, I feel like,” Amy Workman said Thursday. “He was my beautiful boy and someone took him away from me. He was everything to me.”

She said her son was a “beautiful, young man” with a “wonderful heart.”

“I am just begging for anyone who knows anything please, please stand up because they took a beautiful young man away from a lot of people who loved him,” she said. “They took my heart, they took my life.”

Workman's death is the first homicide reported in Overland Park in 2019, police spokesman John Lacy said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Overland Park police at (913) 344-8742 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.