14-year-old boy dies after shooting in Ulysses park

Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 9:17 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The family of Christopher Garcia confirmed Sunday night the 14-year-old has died from injuries he suffered during a shooting Wednesday evening.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigations (KBI) is assisting the Ulysses Police Department with the investigation.

The agencies said Christopher was in a Ulysses park with a group of teens when the shooting occurred.

No arrests have been made and the shooting remains under investigation.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Two days after a Ulysses teen was critically injured in a shooting at a park, Eyewitness News hears from his family. Fourteen-year-old Christopher Garcia was flown to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita where he remains in critical condition.

As the Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigates what happened in the Ulysses park Wednesday evening, Garcia’s brother spoke about his brother, saying he’s a good kid who did not deserve to get hurt. It’s a nightmare for the boy’s family.

“That’s our baby brother, and that’s my mom’s baby, that’s my dad’s baby boy,” Christopher Garcia’s older brother, Alan Garcia said. “He’s young. He’s only 14 years old, he’s an eighth grader in middle school. He has his whole life ahead of him.”

Alan said his little brother likes to play sports, competing in basketball track, cross country and football, but his passion is cooking.

“When he was really young, he started going to boxing with me. We would talk about life, what we wanted to do and that’s when he first told me, ‘oh, I like to cook,’” Alan said.

He said Christopher even had hopes of going to culinary school. But with the nature of his injury, Alan said he doesn’t know if that will happen. He said the bullet “hit his spine and his nerves.”

For now, Christopher Garcia’s family can only pray and hope for the best.

“We’re all devastated for what has happened, but we’re all praying to God that he pushes through, and we know he will,” Alan said. “I know that he will.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help them with Christopher’s medical expenses.

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