Candlelight vigil planned for 13-year-old, father who died in shooting near Baldwin City

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A candlelight vigil is planned for Friday night in memory of two people who died in a shooting on Monday near Baldwin City.

The vigil for Hayden Koch, 13, and her father, David M. Koch, 55, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, 1234 Kentucky St., according to a Facebook event post.

The post said there would be group and individual prayer and meditation time. “Come and be comforted by each other’s presence,” it read.

Hayden Koch was an eighth-grade student at Bishop Seabury Academy, and David Koch worked for the City of Lawrence’s Municipal Services & Operations division.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has released few details about the shooting, which took place at the family home in the 700 block of East 1550 Road near Baldwin City, but officials did say that the wound David Koch died from was self-inflicted. On Tuesday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said that based “on the evidence and information we have gained to this point, our investigation has changed from criminal in nature to more of fact finding,” and officials previously said there was “no additional threat” to the public.

“The Sheriff’s Office is with this family in this most horrific time of tragedy, and we hope for healing and peace as they work through what is the most painful time no family should have to endure,” Sheriff Jay Armbrister said.

According to a birth announcement that ran in the Journal-World, Hayden Dutch Koch was born on Jan. 6, 2009, in Overland Park, to Sarajane and Mark Koch, of Baldwin City.


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