Archive for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

40 years ago: Another man killed amidst continuing violence

July 21, 2010


Five nights of violence in Lawrence culminated in the death of another young man. 18-year-old Nick Rice of Leawood was killed by gunfire as police responded to a confrontation in which small fires were set and a car was overturned. It was not yet certain who fired the shots that killed Rice and injured two other persons.

One of the injured, Merton Olds, reported that he had been on his way to Gaslight Tavern and had stopped when he saw a crowd of youths running down the street. As he turned back, he was hit by a bullet in his leg. He was unable to identify who shot him, as there were too many people at the scene.

Kansas University issued a statement expressing regret at the violent events of the past several days, and the Lawrence Liberation Front was planning a march in memory of the two young men who had been killed.

In contrast, plans were in motion for the 11th annual Sidewalk Bazaar in downtown Lawrence. Stores were officially scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Music would be provided by local bands, and a free movie for youngsters would be shown at the Granada Theater.


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