Mar 18, 2023

Kan. school district issues statement on death of 13-year-old

Posted Mar 18, 2023 12:00 PM
Police on the scene of the investigation late Thursday-photo courtesy WIBW-TV
Police on the scene of the investigation late Thursday-photo courtesy WIBW-TV

SHAWNEE COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities investigating a fatal shooting have released the name of the victim as 13-year-old Kaleb Lane of Topeka, according to Police Captain Jerry Monasmith.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to a shooting at a home in the the 1300 Block of SW Garfield Ave. in Topeka, according to Police Lt. Edward Stanley.

First responders found Lane with life threatening injuries. EMS transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Following an investigation, police took a 14-year-old boy from Topeka,  to the Shawnee County Juvenile Department of Corrections on requested charges of Murder in the 2nd Degree, according to Stanley.  Police did not release details on the relationship between the two boys.

Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent, USD 501, Topeka Public Schools sent a statement to parents Friday.

"We are so sorry to share some sad news over the break impacting one of our scholars. It is with tremendous sadness that we share one of our Eisenhower students passed last night tragically. Reportedly, last night our student Kaleb Lane, an 8th grader at Eisenhower, was involved in a reported accidental shooting, and he tragically passed away."

"Kaleb was a fun loving, energetic student with many friends. We do not have any additional details we can share at this time. This incident remains under investigation by the police department. We wanted to inform our staff immediately after the family gave permission to share with you Kaleb passed last night. A mental health team will be in place Monday for any staff or students with needs at Eisenhower and at other impacted schools."

"We are so sorry to share information regarding a student tragedy over the Spring break and our hearts are heavy for the family. We ask that families and staff respect the privacy of the family as local law enforcement completes their investigation."

"Please keep Kaleb’s family and all that are impacted uplifted in your thoughts and prayers.”