HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Many in Hesston and the surrounding area attended a vigil Wednesday evening for 14-year-old Madison Parrott who police say was murdered by a teen in Newton on Sunday night.
More than 100 people visited the Parrott family’s vigil in Hesston for their daughter. Many of the friends and family present at the vigil said that Madison was the type of girl that lit up every room she walked into.
While only 14 years old, her family says she was known for her fiery personality and confidence, especially when it came to competing in volleyball. Madison’s family said her two loves were art and spending time with her close friends.
Last Sunday before 10 p.m., a 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 Madison Elizabeth Parrott. The suspect has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and criminal threat.
Newton’s Deputy Chief Scott Powell said it’s been a hard case for officers due to Madison being so young and being shot and killed for no obvious reason.
A GoFundMe has been set up for funeral costs.