As friends, family gather for vigil, KC police say victim in 39th & Main homicide was not target of shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police have determined that a 24-year-old man killed in a shooting outside a KC night club was not the intended target.

Ta’Ron Carson was known to many people by his nickname, Rio. On Tuesday evening, those who loved him gathered for a prayer vigil to remember a young man who touched so many lives in the metro.

A few hundred people gathered inside of the Center for Spiritual Living to hear reflections from family and friends.

One speaker at the vigil said if you ever met the 24-year-old, you’d never forget him.

Close friend Brittany Bronson said Carson was “just a great example of how we all need to be in this world. Just open and honest caring for our neighbor.”

His friends and family say that was made evident by the number of people who showed up to a packed Center for Spiritual Living. His family was blown away by the size of the crowd.

Carson’s parents spoke from the podium to the hundreds who showed up.

“I just want to thank everybody, we want to thank everybody for showing up, because I’m sure he touched everybody here," his father said.

“He was just so overwhelmed that we accepted him," he continued. "We loved you when you were nothing. We loved you before you even knew how it worked down there! We asked our kids to believe in something stronger than themselves and to treat other people right. And he did that.”

Ta'Ron Carson

After the brief service, the group walked to 39th and Main, which is where Carson was fatally shot while leaving Aura, a Kansas City night club, early Sunday morning.

Surveillance footage captured a black SUV near the scene. Police said it pulled up and two men jumped out, shooting Carson to death. Tuesday evening, police said they had located the SUV but did not provide any further updates.

Many that knew Carson said they just want justice for their friend.

"It’s about togetherness, and it’s about remembering to say that person's name, to think about their memory, to invoke their memory, but also see to it that we are holding each other to account to look out to one another, but also to hold to account out police department to hold people to account who perpetrate these kinds of crimes and hopefully ensure that they don’t happen again," D. Rashaan Gilmore with Blaqout said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.