NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – A juvenile is in custody Monday after the homicide of a 14-year-old Hesston girl Sunday night at a Newton home.
On Sunday evening before 10 p.m., the 16-year-old male suspect arrived at a home in the 900 block of South Walnut where police say a group of three to four teens was hanging out. Witnesses said the male suspect appeared to be visibly intoxicated and was waving a gun around. He pointed the gun at others in the room before fatally shooting the victim, Madison Elizabeth Parrott. Her family identified her on Tuesday.
Witnesses and neighbors attempted to perform CPR on the Madison and called 911. The suspect ran from the house.
Newton Deputy Chief of Police Scott Powell said it’s been a hard case for officers.
“All of our guys are kind of struggling with it, it’s just hard to have somebody that age, die that violently, for no obvious reason,” said Powell. “We’re all shocked.”
Newton police arrested the suspect just after 10 a.m. Monday at his home in Newton. Powell says the 16-year-old boy used a handgun but is investigating how he got the gun. There were no adults at home at the time of the shooting.
The Harvey County attorney will review possible charges, but Powell believes a murder charge will be filed. He says the investigation is continuing as to whether this incident was intentional or if there was a motive.
Meanwhile, Madison’s family said her two passions in life were art and spending time with her closest friends.
“She had a very soft, loving, and compassionate heart that was most often overshadowed by her confidence and fiery personality. She also enjoyed volleyball, going to the pool, and encouraging everyone around her to do a TikTok video with her. She was so much fun to be around,” said Jeremy Parrott, Madison’s father.
A GoFundMe has been set up for funeral costs. The Hesston community is invited to attend a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at King Park Hill.