WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said on Monday that 17-year-old Valincio Hill died in a shooting Sunday night in the 1600 block of South Water. It happened just after 8:30 p.m. at a home.
Police arrived and located Hill and a woman injured. Both were taken to the hospital where Hill died from his injuries. Police said the woman is in stable condition.
“As far as preliminary right not, but from what we know we had unknown persons approached the residence on foot, fired some rounds at the residence,” said Wichita Police Captain Wendell Nicholson.
No arrests have been made.
Valincio’s cousin Rakailah Hill said they were only three months apart. She says they were extremely close and often were mistaken as twins.
“Saturday night, I was on Facetime when he was talking, it was the last time I talked to him, and he said I love you, and I said I love you too, cousin,” said Rakailah Hill. “We grew up together, he was basically like my brother.”
She said her family is heartbroken but is proud of who he was as a person.
Valincio was a basketball player at Wichita West High School.
“It pains me to say that last night a member of our basketball program was shot and killed outside his home. I really can’t find the words right now to express the pain that our program is feeling. Valincio was a phenomenal young man that would light the entire room with his smile,” said Tommy Brumbelow, Wichita West High School basketball coach.
Brumbelow said Valincio Hill’s dedication to the sport was unmatched and he said losing a player is like losing a son.
“He played his butt off every day he tried his hardest for his teammates, he wanted to be perfect he wanted to be you know he wanted to be what you embraced and loved and we did,” he said. “He would just make everybody laugh.”
Brumbelow said he hopes the community will step up to make sure something like this never happens again.
“We’ve got to do a better job at trying to show kids positive ways out of situations that are in versus letting them go in the situation they’re in,” he said.
If you have any information about the shooting, you can call detectives at (316) 268-4407, the See Something Say Something hotline at (316) 519-2282, or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.