Police ID 21-year-old Wichita man as victim in deadly Lawrence shooting near KU campus


LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Lawrence Police Department has identified the victim in a deadly shooting that happened Wednesday night near the University of Kansas campus.

The shooting was reported just after 7 p.m. near West 15th and Kentucky streets, just a few blocks east of the college campus.

Neighbors tell FOX4 the shooting happened in the parking lot of an apartment building.

When officers arrived on scene they found a man injured from a shooting. He was pronounced dead at the scene and identified as 21-year-old Christian Willis of Wichita, Kansas.

Kentucky Street is a popular rental area for KU students because of its proximity to campus – about a half mile.

Jayhawk senior Kaitlyn Coffey said she just moved in.

“So we were on our front porch. So I live like five house down over there. And I mean we basically just walked outside and my neighbors were outside too. But there were like 17 cops basically right here,” Coffey said.

“My boyfriend came about 30 minutes after and he said he couldn’t even get on Kentucky and they interrogated him for even driving by the area,” Coffey said.

Willis’s family said he was visiting his cousin. Relatives also do not have information on what happened and say they are traumatized by the news.

People living in the area say they would like to hear more details about the shooting. Margaret Burke’s house is next to where it happened.

“And so there were just like lots of people. And no one was really directing traffic. It was kind of like okay, where do we go?” Burke said.

“I’m not an overtly religious person but I feel like divine intervention played part into me not being here basically,” Burke said.

“And then I found out it was like right next to where I live and it was really scary so I just ended up staying with a friend for the night,” Burke said.

The incident remains under investigation.

No arrests have been made at this time and no suspects have been named.

This is the second homicide in Lawrence since students have returned to campus.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call our Investigations Division at 785-830-7430 or call Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS.

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