Police ask for help after teen is found dead in laundromat

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is asking the public for help after a teenager was found shot to death inside a laundromat. 

Officers were called to check on a person who had been shot just after 7 a.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of S. 34th St. When they arrived, they found a teenage Asian male dead inside the Maple Hill Laundromat.

According to police, the shooting happened Friday night and the victim wasn't found until the business owner came in the next morning. 

The victim was identified as December Htoo, 15.

A spokesperson with the KCK School District says it is believed the victim was a student at JC Harmon High School. Grief counselors will be available at the school on Monday for students and staff.

-Hours after the shooting, friends and neighbors stopped by the laundromat to start a memorial to remember the victim.

 A teen, who didn't want to share his name, described himself as the victim's friend and placed two candles on the sidewalk.

"We just lit a candle to pay respect to him," he said. "He was really a nice person who wanted to see the good in people."

The investigation into the homicide continues. Police ask anyone who may have been at the laundromat between 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, to call KCKPD at 913-573-6030 to speak to a detective. 

Tips can also be left on the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. 

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