KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Friends and family of a 14-year-old shooting victim are preparing for a vigil and funeral. They are also praying and begging for an end to the violence that claimed their loved one.
Miguel Garcia was shot and killed Saturday afternoon. Police wouldn't say "on the record" the shooting was gang-related, but sources are.
Officially, this is the account of Saturday's shooting.
Miguel and a friend were walking near 14th and Armstrong.
They had words with people in an SUV which then circled the block and shots were fired. Miguel was hit several times -- his friend was not.
Since the shooting, a Facebook page has been flooded with comments, but some haven't been consoling and that's concerning to Miguel's family.
"His mom is asking please in honor of Miguel please do not put anymore stuff on Facebook, let Miguel rest in peace. Let everybody go on with their own life," said Jorge Barbosa, Miguel's uncle.
Barbosa wouldn't elaborate, but sources say some messages were inflammatory and bordered on threatening.
"Please respect our wishes and do not harm anyone or retaliate against those responsible." Barbosa pleaded.
There are several active gangs in Kansas City, Kan., some get along, others do not.
Sources say there is at least one prevalent in the area Miguel was killed in.
The hope now, by police and by Miguel's family, the possible threats and murmurs of retaliation won't come true.
A vigil is planned for Thursday at 6 p.m. It will be held at 14th and Armstrong -- the same location Miguel was shot and killed Saturday.