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The Mass Communications Site of Blue Valley Southwest


The Mass Communications Site of Blue Valley Southwest


KC Strong

Wolf Weekly 02/23: News

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Chiefs celebrated their fourth Super Bowl win with the residents of Kansas City in their parade downtown. A day that was supposed to be devoted to honoring a grand achievement turned to tragedy when a shooting broke out, injuring 22 people and killing one — KKFI Radio DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan.

Twelve of the 22 people injured were children and, according to KCUR, all 12 have made full recoveries. While one victim is still healing at Saint Luke’s Hospital, all others have been discharged.

Freshman Lily Milsom and her family attended the parade, but left before the rally and said her initial reaction to hearing about the people injured was shock.

“I think it’s terrible,” Milsom said. “We were watching it [on the news and the people who were injured] were the only thing we were thinking about. We were hoping none of them were really hurt.”

Many emotions were going through Milsom’s head, but she said she was mainly concerned for the safety of her loved ones.

“It is just scary to think that you could have known some of those people,” Milsom said. “Especially because it happened in a place like Kansas [City] where you know a lot of people who go to stuff like that.”

To help people cope in this time, Kansas City joined together through the creation of KC Strong. The Chiefs and charity organization The United Way have partnered to create an emergency fund, which will support the community in preventing situations like this from happening again. The money raised will first go to the victims and their families to help pay for medical expenses, while the rest will be donated to violence prevention, recovery organizations — such as mental health facilities — and first responders.

“I think it is great that they are doing something about it — they didn’t just ignore it and act like it never happened,” Milsom said. “It’s great that everyone was immediately there for all the people who needed help.”

Players on the Chiefs — like quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce — are taking further steps by donating to and visiting the children who were injured. Many other players and community members have donated to the cause as well.

As of Feb. 23, KC Strong has raised $939,544.26. To donate, go to

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