Monday, September 23, 2013
After having something to eat and talking about football, Eric Hopkins Sr. told his son Kolby, "I love you," as his son walked out the door Thursday.
That would be the last conversation they would have.
"I'm glad I said it to him and he knew it," Hopkins Sr. said.
Early Sunday morning at about 3 a.m., Hopkins Sr. said he got a call from family telling him Kolby, 25, had been fatally shot.
"When I got the call, it woke me up into a nightmare," Hopkins Sr. said.
Police say Kolby was one of seven people shot early Sunday morning when a lone gunman fired into a crowd of people who were leaving the bars near 100 N. Mead.
"It's senseless," Hopkins Sr. said. "Trying to figure out why, who, and just the whole scenario of every question you have as a parent."
He says Kolby went with two friends to an Old Town nightclub to enjoy a fun evening. It's an evening he says never should have ended in such a violent and tragic way.
"He didn't deserve this," Hopkins Sr. said. "He had aspirations and dreams to do things and make a better life for himself."
Hopkins says Kolby graduated from North High School as a scholar athlete. He then played basketball and studied forensics at Fort Scott Community College where he graduated with honors.
Since then, family says he was working for a telecommunications company and was planning on going back to school.
"My brother was fun-loving, caring. He was a sweetheart," said Eric Hopkins II, Kolby's brother. "I miss him, I really do. It doesn't seem real."
The family is now pleading with anyone who may have information about the shooting to help them and police put the pieces of the investigation together so they can get justice for Kolby.
"If they could help my family in that sense, it would be greatly appreciated," Hopkins Sr. said. "This person (who shot my son) needs to be accountable for what they did."