Teacher speaks out after 17-year-old student shot and killed in Kokomo

KOKOMO, IND. - A 21-year-old man is behind bars facing murder charges for the death of a Kokomo teenager. Police say 17-year-old LeMarcus McGraw was shot and killed Sunday afternoon after a drug deal ended with several shots fired.

“I saw the kid lying down over there in the alley dying. I checked him and saw an entrance wound but no exit wound. The bullet was still inside of him and he was not breathing,” said neighbor Mark Seekell.

21-year-old Kaliel Rucker of Kokomo is facing murder charges for the death of the 17-year-old, after police say the two met in an alleyway behind a Village Pantry at 904 West Jefferson Street for a drug exchange that turned deadly. Officers believe Rucker and McGraw both had guns and fired shots at each other. Police say Rucker was located a few minutes after the shooting. Officers say he was holding a gun that they believe could be the murder weapon.

“It is a disturbing situation and to have these teenagers involved in this is terrible,” said Major Brian Seldon of Kokomo Police.

McGraw was a senior at Kokomo Crossing High School. His teacher Amy Roe also taught Kaliel in the past and says she is shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took the life of one of her students and the future of another.

“Life is short. We have no idea what tomorrow brings. We should make right and good choices,” said Roe.

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