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Hillcrest Students Grieve Loss of Kody Ray

(Springfield, MO) -- The Springfield School District brought in counselors to Hillcrest High School Tuesday to help kids deal with the loss. Since it is spring break, Hillcrest was relatively quiet. But for the teens and parents who chose to walk through those doors, it was emotional.
(Springfield, MO) -- There's still no arrest in the shooting of a 17-year-old Hillcrest High School teen.

Kody Ray was shot Sunday when he answered the door at a home on Chicago Street. 

He's been declared brain dead at a local hospital and is expected to be taken off life support with in the next 24 hours.

Police are interviewing witnesses and people who know Kody.

His friends say there was a fight at school a few weeks ago and the shooting may be connected to that.

Police will only say the shooting is not random.

The Springfield School District brought in counselors to Hillcrest High School Tuesday to help kids deal with the loss.

Since it is spring break, Hillcrest was relatively quiet. But for the teens and parents who chose to walk through those doors, it was emotional.

Special memories are one of the few things Christy Lee and her 16-year-old daughter are holding onto.

"I've just tried to be the most positive person in their lives," says Lee. "These kids love him and they need to be there."

"We like to keep an eye on what's happening with kids," says counselor Rhonda Mammen.

Mammen says about two dozen kids grieved at a special session Tuesday.

"Its a time of great emotion and they sometimes just don't know how to grieve or whether or not it's okay to feel what they're feeling."

Mammen says as kids work through this loss, their parents need to keep a close watch.

"If the anger comes out in more volatile ways, or they seem to be self destructive, and doing things that they wouldn't have normally done, then that is a pretty good sign that they need to be looking for help outside of their families."

Especially over the next few weeks.

"Just to listen to them," says Mammen. "To be open to what they are feeling."

Even though Lee is feeling her way through this tragedy, she will continue to be a pillar for her daughter and Ray's friends.

"Being someone positive that the kids can talk to," she says. "Someone they can grieve with. It's been really hard for them."

For the parents and kids who grieved Tuesday, counselors say they mainly talked about Kody and who he was.

A memorial will also be held later this week for friends and family to remember Kody. It's set for Thursday night at the Doling Family Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

They've also established the "Kody Ray Memorial Fund" through Bancorp South.

Donations can be mailed to:

Bancorp South
Attn: Missey Hayward
2144 E. Kearney
Springfield, MO 65803
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