Teen’s mom still has questions after her son’s killing

Jimmy Shopteese
Jimmy Shopteese

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Jimmy Shopteese’s mother is happy police have arrested two suspects, that officers said are responsible for her son’s killing. However, Crystal Weers still has many unanswered questions.

“You shot my son in the back, which tells me that my son was trying to run away. So if my son was trying to run off, why’d you shoot him?” she said.

Weers told KSN that Shopteese and his best friend, who witnessed the shooting, were downstairs playing video games that night in her home. She said if she knew they were planning to sneak out, she would have put a stop to it.

“I would have told him, you know, ‘Where are you going? You’re not going. You’re not leaving,” Weers said.  “I would have told him that. He wouldn’t have went out the door had I been up.”

Weers said her son a good kid, that respected everyone around him. She said  he was an artist, who loved riding his bike — but, most of all, she’ll remember him as the most fashionable 15-year-old around.

Weers said she knows her son would want her to be strong, even from such a tragic event. She hopes other teenagers will learn from her loss.

“Kids out there, you know, don’t ever be out that late at night,” said Weers. “I think this is a lesson that grown people will shoot and rob a kid, and I just don’t understand.”

A candlelight vigil will be held Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Burger King along East Pawnee.The teen’s church will also hold a fundraiser for his family on Sunday. It will be from 5-7 p.m. at Cross Point Free Will Baptist.

The family has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Shopteese’s memorial.