Aviva Okeson-Haberman, a 24-year-old reporter in Missouri who worked for the public radio station KCUR, has died Sunday after she was struck by a stray bullet that flew through her apartment window at first-floor, in Kansas City. Police responded to the scene and brought the individual to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. “Even as an intern, her approach to storytelling and her ability to hold those in power accountable paralleled many a veteran reporter,” KCUR news director Lisa Rodriguez said in the station’s story. She had been reporting on Missouri government and politics for the station. Police have launched an investigation into the fatal shooting. Kansas City police Capt. Dave Jackson said her death is being investigated as a homicide.
After news of Okeson-Haberman’s death broke Sunday, many colleagues and public officials offered memories and condolences. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly were among those who expressed condolences. Okeson-Haberman was looking to move to Lawrence, Kansas. She was transitioning into a new role covering social issues and criminal justice for the Kansas News Service. KCUR Radio reports she also served as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club in Springfield. Stray bullet shootings create fear and insecurity in America. Cases could arise from violence, shooting sports, celebratory gunfire,or other activity.