RANKIN (KDKA) — A community came together Friday to honor the life of a 14 year-old honor student and athlete who was shot and killed Monday night.
Kennir Parr, an eighth grader in the Woodland Hills School District, was shot in the head and killed in Hawkins Village as he watched fireworks with friends.
Family, friends, teachers and coaches gathered at the Woodland Hills High School Stadium to honor Parr’s life.
“That’s like my brother,” said Mondale King, one of Parr’s midget football teammates. “It’s shocking that it would be him, and you can see all these people coming out just to support.”
Teachers described how Parr was an upstanding, hardworking kid who never failed to encourage his classmates.
Paul Breakwell coached Parr for seven years: “I always loved that boy so much. He was a such a good boy. A great kid.”
“He didn’t deserve none of this. He was a star,” Breakwell said, as he choked back tears.
Police say thirty to forty people were around watching the fireworks when Parr was shot.
They also say it appears the shot came from a short distance away.
Allegheny County Homicide Detectives are asking anyone with information to please contact them at 412-473-1300.