Family, friends of shooting victim call for peace in Old Town


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WICHITA, Kansas — Many broke down, overcome with emotion, as Kolby Hopkins was remembered with a vigil in Old Town near the spot where he was fatally wounded as he left a bar with friends early Sunday morning.

More than 100 people came out to pay their respects and pray for peace.

“We’re killing innocent people, we’re killing fathers, we’re killing sons, we’re killing brothers, cousins,” lamented Hopkins’ friend A.J. Bohannon. “It’s pointless. It’s senseless.”

For nearly an hour, stories were shared about Hopkins as candles and cards were left behind.

“Everybody loved him,” said Hopkins’ girlfriend Dshonna Hawkins. “Everybody that Kolby met loved him. He was nice. Always had something positive to say. Kolby was a joy. He’ll be missed.”

Hopkins was a North High graduate working for a local telecommunications company.

The suspect in the shooting remains at large.

Friends and family of Kolby Hopkins held a candlelight vigil Monday evening near the place where the 25-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday morning in Old Town. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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