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      Kevian Andre Rice shot to death During Online Marketplace Transaction in Kalamazoo on Easter Sunday

      Kevian Andre Rice

      On Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, the city of Kalamazoo was rocked by a senseless act of violence that claimed the life of 16-year-old Kevian Andre Rice. In the quiet afternoon hours around 2:05 p.m., gunshots shattered the peace in the 1000 Block of Reed Street, leaving a community in mourning and a family shattered.

      The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) sprang into action upon receiving reports of the shooting. Witnesses described a vehicle fleeing the scene at an alarming speed, leaving behind a scene of chaos and tragedy. Responding officers found Mr. Rice grievously wounded, his young life slipping away with each passing moment. Despite their valiant efforts to save him, Mr. Rice succumbed to his injuries shortly after being rushed to a nearby hospital, leaving behind grieving loved ones and a community reeling from the shock of his untimely death.

      As investigators combed through the scene, they discovered a firearm—a chilling reminder of the violence that had erupted on what should have been a day of celebration. Further complicating matters, the vehicle seen fleeing the scene was later located at a hospital, its occupants seeking medical attention for gunshot wounds. It was a grim tableau of the aftermath of gun violence—a stark reminder of the devastating toll it exacts on individuals, families, and communities.

      In the wake of this tragedy, KDPS revealed that the incident may have been linked to an online marketplace transaction—a sobering reminder of the dangers that lurk behind seemingly innocuous exchanges. To prevent such tragedies in the future, KDPS underscores the importance of conducting transactions in public spaces and offers a “Safe Exchange Zone” at Headquarters, providing a secure environment for buyers and sellers.

      As the investigation unfolds, authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident or any other criminal activity to come forward. Witnesses or individuals with relevant information are encouraged to reach out to the Criminal Investigation Division or provide anonymous tips through the Kalamazoo Silent Observer tip line.

      As the community grapples with the aftermath of this senseless act of violence, one thing is clear: the memory of Kevian Andre Rice will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. And as we mourn his loss, we must also redouble our efforts to prevent such tragedies from happening again, ensuring that no more lives are lost to the scourge of gun violence.

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