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Two counts of murder filed against 16-year-old in weekend shooting

Prosecutors file charges in juvenile court

June 9, 2008

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The police are gone and so is the yellow crime scene tape.

On Monday, the only reminder that two people were shot to death Saturday at 1311 Del. were two bunches of flowers someone had placed on the front porch, and a handwritten sign taped to the porch railing.

"Roland, RIP

"We will remember"

A small group of people stood in the driveway at the house and quietly talked about their friend, Roland Klundt, 20, a Baker University scholarship student and 2006 Lawrence High School graduate.

"There is no way to express what an incredible person he was," said Rachel Buckner.

Klundt was shot to death early Saturday morning in what Lawrence police described as a robbery. Also killed was one of the suspects, Gage Hauk, 18, McLouth, police said.

Klundt was identified by friends as the victim occupying the house, but police said they were still waiting for confirmation of the identity from the Douglas County Coroner.

Late Monday, Kellam D. Jones, 16, Lawrence, was charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder and one count of attempted aggravated robbery. He is in the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center and will have a court appearance this afternoon. The law allows someone to be charged with murder in the commission of a felony - even if the murder wasn't committed by their hand.

Jones is charged as a juvenile, but prosecutors can file a motion later to have him charged as an adult.

Officials had not released Jones' name before the charges were filed.

Hauk and Jones allegedly went to the Delaware Street home to commit a robbery, police spokesman Sgt. Paul Fellers said. The occupant shot Hauk. Then, Jones shot the occupant, Fellers said.

Jones fled on foot. An investigation led police Jones on Sunday, Fellers said. After questioning, he was arrested.

Police found a shotgun in the house and evidence that a second weapon was involved. A rifle was later found about a block away, Fellers said. The man in the house was acquainted with Hauk and Jones, Fellers said.

"I think it would be fair to say they were known," he said.

Police responded to the 1300 block of Delaware about 2:45 a.m. Saturday after receiving several reports of gunshots in the area. A neighborhood search led to the discovery of the two bodies, Fellers said.

An older model Acura Integra parked along the side of 14th Street west of Delaware was towed away by police Saturday. Fellers said he had no information about whether it was involved with the shooting investigation.

Police are continuing to investigate the case and anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 830-7430.

Before the Delaware Street incident police were investigating reports of gunshots fired in the area of 19th and New Hampshire streets. Fellers said police are investigating that shooting and the Delaware Street shooting as two separate incidents.

Klundt lived in the house with his brother, Levi Klundt, friends and acquaintances said. The two had lived there since last summer. Levi was not at the house when the shooting occurred. The brothers often had friends over and they were pet lovers. They sometimes had several cats, a dog and ferrets, friends said.

Ryan Storck described Roland Klundt as one of the most interesting people he's ever met and a whiz at math.

"He was so alive until a few days ago," Storck said. "I still can't believe he's gone."

"Things like this shouldn't happen to people like Roland," said Ryan Townes, another friend.

In McLouth, Hauk's relatives also were grieving. He had a huge family, including his mother and two little brothers, said his aunt, Kobi Shelton. He also had a young daughter.

"Unfortunately, all it takes is meeting one bad person to make something go bad in his life," she said. "He is a good-hearted, good kid who has a strong, loving family behind him."

Jamie Stauch, a long-time family friend, agreed.

"People make bad choices but that doesn't sum up their life," she said.

Comments

George_Braziller 6 years, 6 months ago

You never snuck out of the house when you were 16? I did several times but I wasn't out to rob a house or kill someone. My parents would have grounded me for life if they had know I crawled out the window to meet some of my friends. Don't blame the parents. This falls squarely on his shoulders. He had the gun, he pulled the trigger. Time to pay the piper.-----------------------------------------------bearded_gnome (Anonymous) says: as was pointed out before, 2;45a.m. and where's the sixteen-year-old's parents. let's charge them too as they could've prevented this. go to bed, lock up the keys. he's still sixteen, still your charge.

projectsm 6 years, 6 months ago

R.I.P Roland you really didnt deserve this...I will really miss you :*(

Bob Forer 6 years, 6 months ago

"Unfortunately, all it takes is meeting one bad person to make something go bad in his life," Nonsense. Gage's mistakes went far behind the fortuity of simply meeting "one bad person." If that were the case, we'd all be robbers, thieves, rapists and murderers. Gage was a big boy with free will. Unfortunatley, and tragically, he made a BIG mistake in going to that house with an armed accomplice. That mistake cost him his life. Its that simple. Meeting a bad person, or bad people, had nothing to do with it.

jackNthebox 6 years, 6 months ago

Roland lived next door to me for awhile and was a good kid,he had a yonger brother that I new! SAD to hear this happen my heart is heavy with sorrow!

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

That is minus the the one in jail and the dead one.

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 6 months ago

Again, I will forever contend ANYBODY related to the deceased should never, ever be here reading what people write. That is way, way too weird and sick.If you really care about these individuals then you'll be with their family and not out here blogging.

littlegrace 6 years, 6 months ago

Good now Gage's family can be happy to know that Kellam is being charged with his murder too.

moshie_33 6 years, 6 months ago

RIP Roland :( i will miss you i feel i didnt even get to know youand for all the people out there writing on here, if you didnt know them you shouldnt judge!!!!! to many people have nothing better to do but write on here and try to act like they know what they are talking about when they dont!!!

compmd 6 years, 6 months ago

"Before the Delaware Street incident police were investigating reports of gunshots fired in the area of 19th and New Hampshire streets. Fellers said police are investigating that shooting and the Delaware Street shooting as two separate incidents."What is going on in this town?

twaldaisy 6 years, 6 months ago

lil brat robbed and murder are 2 very different things.

loki8025 6 years, 6 months ago

I hope this isn't another of those crazy Mclouth gangs.

TopJayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

You are right, I should show kindness and compassion to the families. But it does matter what caused it. If you don't learn from your's and other's mistakes, then it is even more tragic.. If they were innocent bystanders, I would feel more compassion. I'm not getting that feeling though

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

Thugs die or go to jail sooner or later. So do little thugs want-a-be's who think they have to prove something. Lil_brat258: If Levi stole from Gage he should of went to the cops. If it was drugs, then he should have wrote it off of the cost of doing illegal business. Gage, going to Levi's house to tangle with his brother got him killed.What was he thinking bringing a 16 year old to a robbery and gun fight. Some people get what they deserve.

littlegrace 6 years, 6 months ago

The real sadness in all this is that the 16 year old shooter met the brothers when he visited boy scouts years ago. Kellam did not end up joining scouts though. With the exception of Gage who was from Mclouth all these boys knew each other for years and did just fine for all that time. Kind of makes you wonder doesn't it?

lil_brat258 6 years, 6 months ago

Gage was not in a gang. He just had real friends who had his back. And he wasn't going there to mess with Levi's brother and he wasn't there so people would get hurt.

Melanie Birge 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow Way to much T.V. this is the true front line of it ALL!!

plastictweaker 6 years, 6 months ago

Ok here it goes. Read it for what it is. The education is not the issue. The upbringing of a child that is given the chance and the support needed to gain an education is the issue. A child with that kind of support would be LESS likely to be involved in an early morning shooting. Its simple logic. I am very sad for the families involved and it is very tragic. I am only stating experiences I have had in other areas of the country. The entire country is in trouble and we are part of this country. I am not saying this doesn't happen elsewhere,I am saying this is a sign of things to come. Especially in an over taxed, "we are to good for this to happen here" city. I am not looking to be attacked myself by commenting, just speaking my mind as an American citizen that has the right to freedom of speech.

Rick Aldrich 6 years, 6 months ago

and what does that haave to do with the price of tea in china?

lil_brat258 6 years, 6 months ago

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bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

Something just doesn't add up. If this brother owed them something, then why didn't they take him to small claims court? Was it something they just HADto get back that night?--none2and, none2 nails it. bring a gun, for a tea party? as was pointed out before, 2;45a.m. and where's the sixteen-year-old's parents. let's charge them too as they could've prevented this. go to bed, lock up the keys. he's still sixteen, still your charge.

JoRight 6 years, 6 months ago

A sad situation no matter how you slice it, but, everyone has a right to protect their life and property. The robbers had what was coming. . .to the 16 year old, have fun getting out in 20 or so.

plastictweaker 6 years, 6 months ago

As a whole, people that are educated have ethics,morals,and value human life because they had the opportunity to get the education as well as someone who cared for them enough to help them get the education.

The_Voice_of_Reason 6 years, 6 months ago

Why can't teenagers these days be like teenagers back in the day? Where the worst thing you and your buddies did was steal a road sign or blow up porta potteies with M-80s. Kids these days take life WAY too seriously...

Ltownfosho 6 years, 6 months ago

No one should be arguing or debating this topic. Bitching won't change the fact that two people died tragically. In the end people should be respecting these two boys and not running their mouths, espeically if they know nothing about the situation or the people involved.R.I.P Rolandyou were a great guy and you'll be missed

loki8025 6 years, 6 months ago

No sympathy for the thieves. They got what they had coming to them. Any one who decides to rob someone at gunpoint should know full well what they are getting into. No sympathy and no mercy. Simple as pulling the trigger.

clyde_never_barks 6 years, 6 months ago

John Wooden said..."Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."I guess the aunt thought they were good boys...seems like maybe there was another side...

Bob Forer 6 years, 6 months ago

"People make bad choices but that doesn't sum up their life," Agreed. But one bad choice can also end your life, which is what happened here.

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

Here is the tell tale from the family about this Gage's personality. Read it closely and learn just how these kids are raised and realize that they have been taught this their whole life; to not tolerate disrespect. When they have been disrespected they seek revenge. See for yourself:"Unfortunately, all it takes is meeting one bad person to make something go bad in his life," she said. " He is a good hearted good kid who has a strong loving family behind him".Can you not see the problem here?"meeting one bad person".If I robbed and killed every bad person I met, then there would be a pile of bodies all over town. Do you not see the problem here. The kid did not get along well with others, his family knew it and raised him this way. To be vengeful is not a virtue of loving family.

plastictweaker 6 years, 6 months ago

It all comes down to a lack of education. I have moved out of Lawrence and returned a few years back. I lived in a city with the population of Topeka in a town the size of Lawrence. The city had 2 major Universities and 9 community colleges.The crime rate was 1/3 of what it is here. See a pattern? Lawrence wants to be the bedroom community between Topeka and K.C? well this what those cities have and now we can share. Good job Lawrence!

Jake Angermeier 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, and I'm sure when my friends say to each other "hey, lets smoke a bowl", they really mean "hey, lets pop some goldenseal pills so we don't all come down with a common cold".

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

According to Lilbrat258, this was a gang of people Levi ripped off. People that Levi should of known better to rip off. Since it was Levi's stealing from the gang who's actions got his brother killed may soon be the interest of the police as to who this gang of people are.

Sigmund 6 years, 6 months ago

plastictweaker (Anonymous) says: "As a whole, people that are educated have ethics,morals,and value human life because they had the opportunity to get the education as well as someone who cared for them enough to help them get the education."Are you serious?? This wasn't a lack of education that caused two people to die and to send three families into an abyss of grief and sorrow that they will likely never recover from. As a whole people, no matter their level of education, have ethics and morals and value human life. You don't need to earn a Masters in Ethics or a Doctor of Religious Studies to know that robbing someone at gun point and then killing them is immoral. The fact that these kids lacked morals and ethics is not a reflection of their education but of their failings of their character.

Jake Angermeier 6 years, 6 months ago

As far as I can say, this article is bullst. I was told by several officers that the shootings at delaware and New Hampshire were directly involved. Matching shells? Video tapes taken from Kwik shop? Bullets taken from my neighbors house ( they left mine & I took it out myself) Hard evidence........Also, my house was shot up on New Hampshire, by Gage or the sixteen year old. Not by a shotgun or rifle, either, but by a .40 cal bullet. Notice no mention by the LPD of that....hmmmm. Why are they tight-lipped about that?I am truely sorry for all the familys/friends involved, and they shouldn't be reading this st by people who know nothing about the whole situation, but whatever. I keep hearing from them that these kids were all "good people" and went to boy scouts, whatnot.....whatever. I went to boyscouts and am not exactly a pillar of society. They sold drugs, mid-grade pot to be exact. I am 27 and don't put so much as asprin into my system these days, but it doesn't mean that my close friends smoke a little here and there ( and, jeez, guess where they got their pot..........)

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 6 months ago

All the way around this is a very pathetic situation and SHOULD be a great teaching example for those in jail/prison to observe.Not only that but those outside of lockup. Pay Heed.

emerica4613 6 years, 6 months ago

kids like that think they can handle the situation themselves. thats why they didn't go to court for the items, and it probably wasn't a playstation or anything of that nature. i feel extremely sorry for the klundt family, especially levi, his younger brother.rip rolland klundt, you were a good guyit is a real shame that we wont be seeing you anymore.

clyde_never_barks 6 years, 6 months ago

lil_brat258 (Anonymous) says: Gage was not in a gang. He just had real friends who had his back. And he wasn't going there to mess with Levi's brother and he wasn't there so people would get hurt.----------------------------If you ever needed a reason to show your kids why it is important to stay in school, re-read the above statement.

Bizzle37 6 years, 6 months ago

The last I heard, only cops walked around with guns, just so people won't get hurt. Also, as far as having friends that have his back. A true FRIEND would have told him how RETARTED it would be to go to another person's house with a rifle that late at night (or at any time of day for that matter). Also, this great friend now has a dead buddy and is going to prison for murder. WAY TO GO GUY'S. I would like to send my condolences to the family of Roland, and I'm sure that others would agree when I say that they mothers of the other 2 should have swallowed them!

lmc88 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow, these comments just prove how cold hearted many people are. Two human beings were killed, their lives taken away from them. Honestly, who cares about the events that caused their death. There shouldn't be fighting and arguing about those events. You people need to be thinking about all the people that are now involved, like families, relatives, and friends. That is the right thing to do. Not to put out nasty and rude comments about what happened. Sometimes it is right to keep your opinions to yourself, you dont realize how horrible you make people feel with those nasty and rude comments. Have a heart, and just stop this nonsense.

Ltownfosho 6 years, 6 months ago

you need to respect the family and friends who have to go through this. you should respect the people who just lost a brother or a friend or a son. i don't care if you don't respect what any of those boys did or did not do. thats your opinion. i think we can all agree that robbing and murdering and whatever else shouldn't be respeced, but by sitting here and saying things for the family and friends to read is just disrespectful, especially if you have no insight to whats really going on. two boys lost their lives. that's all that matters. it doesn't matter how it happened or what caused it. two people died that shouldn't of and right now friends and family need support and respect. not this. not people like you topjayhawk

Rick Aldrich 6 years, 6 months ago

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TopJayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

What is it that I am supposed to respect? That they were out rippin' and runnin' all night? That they were robbing as well? There is nothing to respect there. I would respect them if they were in bed, resting to go to school or work. That they were respectful of others' lives and possesions. That they were respectful of others' property. There is nothing to respect here. That mind set "ltownfosho" is exactly part of the problem and shows that you (and your friends?) just don't get it. That is the real problem.

Suspect_Device 6 years, 6 months ago

It looks to me like Kellam Jones was an honor roll student in jr High:http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2004/feb/06/honor_rolls/That was 2004.So, I think that shows that this kid wasn't always a big-time loser. And he probably did have his parents involved in his life, at least somewhat.But kids can, and do "Just go bad". Even "Smart" kids.Smart kids can do really dumb things. And can get themselves into situations that they just can't deal with.But that certainly does not mean that anyone involved in this should not have to take full personal responsibility for it.Do the crime, do the time, or possibly get shot while doing it.

Bob Forer 6 years, 6 months ago

Clyde, I love John Wooden. Thanks for providing a very poignant quote. Sadly, I'd have to agree with you and the great Coach on this one.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

oh, None2, good lady, at least i think you're female, I apologize for my choice of words. I simply meant that your concise statement was very accurate. not meant as celebration, not in the least. yes, overall, this is a deeply sad situation. my heart grieves for the several families involved. damned bad. also, I grieve for the people living in that neighborhood, as I wrote elsewhere I used to live there. this is frightening, and is probably making them pretty jumpy right now.

Missing_My_Brothers 6 years, 6 months ago

seriously make me sick. an innocent man was murdered in cold blood by two kids who wanted something he had. it boils down to greed and covetry. roland was one of my best and only friends i had since moving to this messed up little town you all want to defend so badly. how can people defend a 16 y/o kid intodays society where killing and robbing people are in our movies our video games and our lives daily. i know we here "oh its the music or the entertainment today causing the problem" but sometimes you got to remember it may not be directly ivolved but it sure does de-sensitize us from the truely horrible things that can happen in this world. Roland you were my friends my brother and a man i would gladly admit to knowing anyday of the week. you will be greatly missed by all of us whos lives you touched. you inspired many and hopefully people will learn from our loss. as for gage and kellam they got what the deserve and hope they burn for killing a young man in his prime. R.I.P.

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