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Family, friends remember 14-year-old girl killed in Newton

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 10:46 AM CDT
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NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH) - Family have identified the 14-year-old girl killed in a shooting in Newton as Madison Parrott.

The family said they are devastated at her loss.

“It is time for our community to put a name and a face to this beautiful young girl who was taken from us too soon,” her father, Jeremy Parrott said.

Her family said she enjoyed art and spending time with friends and had “a very soft, loving, and compassionate heart that was most often overshadowed by her confidence and fiery personality.”

“She was so much fun to be around.”

Friends said that Madison wasn’t a stranger to anyone.

“I don’t think there was a person in the community who didn’t know Madi. She was just always there,” Bryson Hartung, a friend of Madison’s said.

The family is currently arranging funeral services and a candlelight vigil to honor Madison.

A 16-year-old that was arrested in the shooting has been charged with one count each of alleged first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and criminal threat.

Newton Police have taken a juvenile into custody after the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl Sunday night.

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Police said witnesses saw a 16-year-old male arrive at a house in the 900 block of South Walnut around 10 p.m. where a group of teens were. Witnesses said the teen was visibly intoxicated and was having a gun around before fatally shooting the 14-year-old girl.

Life-saving measures were attempted by witnesses and neighbors, and the suspect ran from the house. The suspect was then taken into custody Monday morning.

The investigation is ongoing.

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