Raising funds to help the family of a teenager who was shot and killed in Kansas City


A 14-year-old killed in a double shooting outside a Kansas City convenience store last week has been described as “goofy and playful,” according to a GoFundMe page created by a family member.

Kansas City Police on Monday identified Kevaun Hughes as the person killed in the shooting that occurred around 11:30 p.m. on August 15 outside the Top Spot at 2640 Brooklyn Avenue. Despite efforts to save him, Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second person injured in the shooting was taken to hospital.

Hughes, also known as “King Vaun”, was the son of Paula Henry and the eldest of four children, according to a GoFundMe page curated by her auntDeshawn Davis-Long.

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Kevaun Hughes, a 14-year-old killed in a double shooting outside a Kansas City convenience store last week, was described as ‘awkward and playful’, according to a GoFundMe fundraising page created by a member of the family. GoFundMe

The family is looking to raise funds to cover funeral and other expenses, including costs associated with back-to-school supplies and clothing for their siblings. He has twin brothers who are two years younger than him and a 3-year-old sister.

“He didn’t deserve this, now we have to put him to rest…” his family told the fundraising site. “He was goofy and playful and could never be serious.”

This is the latest in a series of serious tragedies for Hughes’ mother. She lost her mother in 2020 and her father in 2021.

“She has dealt with so much loss in a short time, please pray for her and our family,” the family said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call detectives at 816-234-5043 or anonymous TIPS Helpline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Up to $25,000 in rewards are available for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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Robert A. Cronkleton rises very early in the morning to bring readers the latest on crime, transportation and dawn weather. He has been with The Star since 1987 and now contributes to data communications and video editing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rockhurst College, where he studied Communications and Computer Science.


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