With motive unknown, Alexis Kane’s mom struggles for closure a year after the teen’s murder

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One year later, a Kansas City mother is still seeking closure as questions continue to swirl around the murder of her 14-year-old daughter, Alexis Kane.

“Alexis is missed every day,” said her mom, LaShonda Kane. “There`s not a day that goes by that we don`t think about her and miss her being here with us.”

Three other teenagers are charged with shooting Alexis to death at the Bay Water Park in South Kansas City last January.

Isaac Carter, 18, Ce-Antonyo Kennedy, 18, and Dominic McDaniel, 19, are all charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

But just knowing the three young men are in jail isn't enough for the Alexis’ family.

“As far as this pain, I wouldn`t put this on anyone,” LaShonda said, “I’m devastated and I’m angry. I’m sad.  I’m all of the above, and I try to think about forgiveness, but I just don`t see it coming so soon yet.”

It’s pain that's felt every time LaShonda drives past the Bay Water Park, the place where prosecutors say Carter, Kennedy and McDaniel hit Alexis in the face with a handgun and then passed it around, taking turns shooting her multiple times.

“Usually when people pass the guns around, it`s usually some type of gang-related, or something like that, and I don`t know,” LaShonda said of her guess as to what led the teens to allegedly kill her daughter that night.

Shortly after the murder, Jackson County prosecutors called it senseless and couldn't pinpoint a motive for Alexis' death –only saying she was Facebook chatting with one of the suspects and had arranged to meet up with his group at a nearby gas station before she was killed.

After all this time, it's still that unknown – the question of why – that's keeping Alexis’ family from getting closure.

“I cry every day,” LaShonda said. “I beat myself up about this every day and I just have no idea, none whatsoever [what happened], and I thought maybe I would have some type of clue by now, and I still have no clue.”

Court records show no upcoming court dates Isaac Carter. However, Ce-Antonyo Kennedy has a pre-trial conference scheduled for this Thursday, Jan. 21, and the jury trial for Dominic McDaniel is scheduled to begin May 16.

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