Community comes together for family of girl dragged by stolen SUV, killed in S. Wichita

Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 5:49 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Wichita community is coming together in support of the family of a 13-year-old girl who died from her injuries Saturday after being dragged by a stolen SUV on Kellogg. Monday afternoon, friends identified the girl as Brianna Ibarra.

Wichita police said she died Saturday after a man stole the Ford Escape in which she was waiting for her family outside a Wichita restaurant. Investigators said Ibarra was sitting in the rear seat of the SUV while it was parked. That’s when Kevin Palmer got in. After Palmer drove off, Ibarra tried to get out. She got caught in the seatbelt and was dragged until Palmer stopped the vehicle and ran away on foot.

Wichita police arrested Palmer, 34, of Wichita, for felony murder.

Family friend Cheri Becker said Brianna’s death has devastated her family. She said she wants to help them through this difficult time as they remember the teen.

“Her smile, her beautiful smile. I never knew her, but I felt her love. I feel her love,” Becker said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Brianna Ibarra’s family. As of Monday night, more contributors have donated more than $23,000. Becker also started raising donations for the family through a Venmo account. Becker said her husband worked with Brianna’s family for years, and even though she never met the teen, she wanted to help. She said the family needs all of the support they can get.

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