Family remembers Wichita’s Old Town shooting victim Kolby Hopkins

Kolby Hopkins

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WICHITA, Kansas– Family and friends say Kolby Hopkins, 25 was enjoying a night out with friends in Old Town, when he was fatally shot in the head.

It happened in the 100 block of N. Meade in Wichita’s entertainment district.

Police say Kolby was getting ready to head home when someone fired shots into a crowd of people in the street.

Kolby’s father tells KSN News his son was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Today is just a chance that I wish I had a chance to say I love you again because I want him to know that I love him,” said Eric Hopkins, victim’s father. “I’m still going through the emotions trying to realize the realization that my son is gone,” said Hopkins.

Eric Hopkins is trying to stay strong for his family after losing his son, 25-year-old Kolby, to gun violence in Wichita.

“He wasn’t a violent person like the action that had taken place,” said Hopkins.

Police say Hopkins was shot and killed early Sunday morning when someone fired shots into a crowd of people as hundreds were getting ready to leave Old Town.

“He just got promoted about two weeks ago,” said Hopkins. “My son was pretty much a fun loving guy, outgoing, had a pleasant smile and all of his friends loved him.”

KSN News learned Kolby worked for a telecommunications company.

His family remembers him as an overachiever, he received high honors in school, and was a basketball star.

Kolby graduated from North High School and went off to a get his degree at Fort Scott College in 2007.

“It’s really rough right now,” said Hopkins. “But you know we have God in our hearts and mind so that’s bringing us through right now.”

Kolby’s father didn’t think he would be saying goodbye to his baby so soon.

“We’re at a loss right now and to not have closure for my son being taken care,” said Hopkins. “In the sense of whoever did this to him being caught is what we want.”

The grieving father is reaching out to the community for help asking any witnesses to come forward to help police with the investigation.

“If they could see it in the sense that if it was their family members or somebody that they love and they needed help solving the case,” said Hopkins.  “It would be appreciated if they would help us out.”

The Hopkins are in the process of planning Kolby’s funeral.


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