A former Lawrence High School student was hospitalized after a weekend shooting at a party in Kansas City, Mo., according to police.
Jeffrey Belaire, 18, suffered numerous gunshot wounds to his back during a large party Friday night inside a residence in the 3900 block of Warwick Boulevard, which is two blocks east of Main Street in Kansas City, Mo. Belaire was taken to an area hospital by an ambulance. Attempts to obtain information on his condition were unsuccessful Monday morning.
A police report gave this account of events:
Kansas City police responded at 11:55 p.m. Friday to the house for a noise complaint and to investigate possible underage drinking. No one answered the door, and as officers moved to the backyard they heard eight to 10 shots from inside the house.
Several people ran out of the house, where police found Belaire inside on the floor.
Two witnesses who were DJs at the party, attended by 150 to 200 people, told police they saw two men with handguns before the shooting, and one of the DJs said he saw both men firing into the crowd.
Julie Boyle, a Lawrence public schools spokeswoman, said Belaire attended school in Lawrence off and on from 2001 to 2007 and again in 2009 to 2010. He was last enrolled at Lawrence High in February 2010.
One of Belaire’s friends, Jamal Brown, a 2011 LHS graduate, said Belaire graduated last December from Washburn Rural High School in Topeka to enroll and play football at Butler County Community College.
“Jeff is never a down person, always energetic and making people laugh, a very loyal person to those who he is close with,” Brown said. “He is just an all-around great person.”
Scott Petry, a South Middle School teacher who coached Belaire in ninth-grade basketball four years ago, said Belaire played football last season at Washburn Rural and had started workouts at Butler. Petry said he remembered Belaire as a natural athlete who had run into problems later off the field as a juvenile. Petry had kept in touch with Belaire on Facebook, though, and the former coach said he had noticed positive things from Belaire, including motivation about playing for Butler.
Friends are still waiting to learn more on his condition.
“It’s pretty early. I understand it could affect his ability to go on and play college football,” Petry said, “I wish it would have never happened.”