WICHITA, Kansas – Eric Hopkins is trying to stay strong for his family after losing his son, 25-year-old Kolby, to gun violence in Wichita.
“Today is just a chance that I wish I had a chance to say I love you again because I want him to know that I love him. I’m still going through the emotions trying to realize the realization that my son is gone,” said Hopkins. “He wasn’t a violent person like the action that had taken place.”
Police say Hopkins was shot and killed early Sunday morning when someone fired shots into a crowd of people as hundreds were getting ready to leave Old Town.
“He just got promoted about two weeks ago so my son was pretty much a fun loving guy, outgoing, had a pleasant smile and all of his friends loved him.”
Kolby worked for a telecommunications company.
His family remembers him as an over achiever.
He received honors in high school and was a basketball star.
He graduated from North High School and went off to get his degree at Fort Scott College in 2007.
“It’s really rough right now, but you know we have God in our hearts and mind so that’s bringing us through right now.”
Kolby’s father didn’t think he would be saying goodbye to his baby so soon.
“We’re at a loss right now and to not have closure for my son being taken care of in the sense of whoever did this to him being caught is what we want.”
He’s reaching out to the community asking any witnesses to come forward.
“If they could see it in the sense that it was their family members or somebody that they love and they needed help solving the case it would be appreciated if they would help us out.”
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