A Midwest City family is grieving the loss of a teenage boy who was fatally shot last week.
Police Chief Brandon Clabes said officers responded to Midwest Territory Apartments, 1505 N. Midwest Blvd. around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 on possible shots heard.
When officers arrived, they found a teenage boy lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to OU Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later, police said.
The victim was identified by family as Kerry Laskey, a student at Star-Spencer High School. His father Johnny Wallace described Kerry as a happy child who loved his family, music and the Black community.
“His mission was to keep other people happy and he really had a love for the Black community,” his father said. “And he loved his siblings.”
The family moved to their home in Midwest City a couple years ago. Kerry lived his with his parents Johnny and Quintilla Wallace, three siblings and his grandmother.
Wallace, who owns a record label, said he and his son shared a love of music. But it wasn’t until recently that Kerry started writing his own.
“He never told me he had been writing music and I heard some of his stuff and it was pretty good,” Johnny said. “I had been giving money to other people to record when I had a superstar in my own house.”
Family and friends held a candlelight memorial and balloon release for Kerry on Saturday in Midwest City.
Witnesses at the scene stated they heard shots and saw two black males running. One fell to the ground the other fled the apartment complex in what is described as a four-door vehicle, according to police.
“Investigators are diligently working the case and following up leads, however, if anyone has information concerning this crime we would encourage them to contact our agency,” Clabes said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Midwest City Police Department at (405) 739-1388.