Last Sunday (Jan. 25), three Kansas City, Mo. teens, Isaac M. Carter, 17, Dominic McDaniel, 18, and Ce-Antonyo Kennedy, 17, were charged with both first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of 14-year-old Alexis Kane.
On January 11, Kane was found dead in a water park just minutes away from her middle school. According to reports, nearby surveillance captured images of the eighth-grader being hit in the face with a gun before the three suspects took turns shooting her with multiple rounds of fire.
Friends of Kane say that she had been talking to Isaac “Malik” Carter on Facebook for a while and agreed to meet him in person. They claim Kane asked them to take her to a local 7-11 where Carter was present with McDaniel. Despite warnings from her friends not to leave with the two teens, it’s reported that Kane got into the car with the suspects and left anyway.
When she did, her friends say they followed her until they lost sight of the white Chrysler the suspects were driving in. Court documents state that Kane was taken to a nearby apartment before being led to The Bay Water Park where Carter, McDaniel, and Kennedy were recorded shooting her.
Police report that it took over 100 local and federal officers to find the three suspects, who have all been arrested and are currently being held on a $500,000 bond each.
Kane’s mother spoke to CBS News where she expressed her relief for their arrest, but tearfully stated, “I ask all mothers to please protect your children.”
This story is both heartbreaking and disturbing, but it opens up a discussion about precautions parents in general should be taking to assure their children’s safety.
Is it necessary to monitor your child’s social networks, and to what extent? Should your child even be on social media? Because while social networking sites are good for staying connected with family and friends, among other things, it also makes it easier for predators to prey on children. (Can you imagine how many sick people in this world us social media to lure innocent babies into their web of evil? It’s really scary when you think about it.)
There is no reason that a 14-year-old, or child of any age, should be talking to ANYONE that they don’t know; let alone meeting them. So while parents should take responsibility in their kids’ social life (on and offline), I say we as a community need to step up as well. Let’s start pulling our little sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews to the side, and reminding them to stray away from strangers; not just on the streets, but social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well.
Their lives could depend on it.