Grieving mom says son was gunned down in the prime of his life in KCK neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A living nightmare. That's how the mother of a 21-year old man, gunned down in his own neighborhood, describes her new reality.

Tracy Taylor says it's been the hardest three days she's ever known. On Thursday night, family and friends gathered on N. Third Street, in the very spot where Lonnie Mitchell, her son, was shot on Monday afternoon.

A large crowd gathered for that vigil, as Mitchell's family cried out for his killer to surrender to police. During the service, people wrote prayers in chalk on the sidewalk where Mitchell died on Monday.

Police in KCK say they discovered about a dozen shell casings on the ground near the 21-year old's body. Taylor says she wants justice for the loss of her son, who was in the prime of his life.

"Why did my son get gunned down?" Taylor asked while sobbing. "All I want is the ones who shot my son."

Ranada Hickman, another of Mitchell's family members, said Mitchell was with her children at a nearby public park earlier in the week.

"It just took a hold on us," Hickman said. "You can't imagine what his mother is going through seeing her son, and then, in seconds, he was gone. It don't make sense"

Witnesses told FOX 4 News they saw two men stop their car near Mitchell on Monday afternoon, and one of the men jumped from the car and shot Lonnie multiple times. The family is pleading with the public for information that could help bring his killers to justice.

"Lonnie was my life," Taylor said. "I'm sure they wouldn't want to feel the same pain I feel."

"Sometimes, people are just scared. If they have the faith, and believe in God, and they'll speak up, we can get somewhere," Hickman said.

KCK police detectives are still looking for those two people who drove the car involved in this drive-by shooting. If you have information that could lead them to an arrest, please call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS.