Teen charged in shooting death of 15-year-old

Published: Nov. 24, 2016 at 7:30 AM CST
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Update 11-29: The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office says a 15-year-old arrested in the Thanksgiving Day deadly shooting of 15-year-old Jimmy Shopteese is facing charges in juvenile court.

The charges include felony charges of first-degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

According to jail records, 26-year-old Darian Lee Freeman the unidentified 15-year-old were arrested for felony murder.


Update 11-28-- 5 p.m.: Police say the Thanksgiving morning shooting that killed 15-year-old Jimmy Shopteese appears to be drug-related.

Police arrested two suspects in the case and are looking for a third. They say the shooting appears to be connected to marijuana and advise anyone who knows anything about the crim to call police.


Update 11-26-16 10:12: Wichita Police release the name of the man arrested in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Jimmy Shopteese. According to jail records, 26-year-old Darian Lee Freeman and another unidentified 15-year-old were arrested for felony murder.

Jimmy's family is raising money for his memorial fund. If you would like to donate, click on the link in this story.


Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says two people have been arrested in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.

Police say a 26-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy were arrested on Felony Murder charges.

According to police, the 15-year-old victim and his 13-year-old friend arranged to meet acquaintances in a parking lot in the 1900 block of E. Pawnee.

Once they met in the lot, police say a 26-year-old man shot the teen one time in the back with a handgun.

As a result of their investigation, police were able to locate and arrest that 26-year-old man on one count of felony murder. Police also arrested a 15-year-old male on the same charge for his role in the incident.

Police say they are still investigating the case.

Family identified the 15-year-old as Jimmy Shopteese.

His mother, Crystal Weers, said they are raising money for Jimmy's funeral and burial.

Weers said the owner of Wichita Clothing Company has offered to donate proceeds from the business to her family. She said over the next two weeks, people who buy from the company will be donating to service needs for Jimmy. You can visit the business website

The GoFundMe page Jimmy's family made can be found

"It makes me feel really good knowing that Jimmy was so loved," Weers said.

The mother has also been concerned about people judging Jimmy and her family. Weers said she is a good mother.

"Should I have been awake at 1:30 watching the door? No," Weers said. "I trust my son. I didn't know he was out that late."

She said Jimmy was a good kid who was respectful.

"I'm sure it was arranged for them to meet," Weers said. "I'm pretty sure they were selling something."

Weers said regardless of what happened, she doesn't want people to judge her or Jimmy.

The family will be having a candlelight vigil Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. It will be at 1909 East Pawnee, Wichita, KS 67211.


Wichita police say a 15-year-old boy has died after being shot early Thursday.

Family members have identified him as Jimmy Shopteese, a student of South High School.

Officers were called to a report of a shooting at the Burger King in the 1900 block of E. Pawnee.

There, police contacted a 13-year-old boy who said that he and a 15-year-old male were confronted by three people in the parking lot of The Lost Sock laundromat across the street.

He said one of the guys pulled out a handgun and shot the 15-year-old one time.

They ran across the street to Burger King to call for help. The 15-year-old collapsed at the restaurant. He was take to the hospital where he later died.

Police do not have much information on the suspects, three black males in a silver four-door vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Jimmy's family is raising money for his memorial fund. You can visit this GoFundMe page if you would like to donate to the fund: