WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita police say a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed near a park Monday night. 

Officers responded at around 10:15 p.m. to an unknown call for police just southeast of Kellogg and Washington and near Skyline Park. They arrived to find the gunshot victim in the 1100 block of South Laura.

WPD spokesperson Kristopher Gupilan said despite first responders' lifesaving efforts, the teen died at the scene. Family identified him as Malachi Sicka.

"Detectives and police officers have been tirelessly investigating this case since last night and are currently pursuing promising leads," Gupilan said. "Any act of violence, such as this, has a profound effect on the community, and the loss of life is a tragedy that should never be accepted."

Sicka's grandmother, Rachael Mejia said, “I just want him back, he was 14 years old. He hasn't lived his life yet, he wasn't even in high school. Somebody took all that from him.”

“I know that my grandson left my house about 9:45, I called him at 10:04 and he answered the phone. He said, 'grandma grandma' and the phone went dead. That’s all I know," said Mejia. "The next thing I know he was laying in the road. He had been shot and he was deceased. The gun violence in this town has got to stop. We've got to get the guns out of these teenager's hands.”

Mejia also told us about Malachi's ambitions and dreams.

“He just told me he wanted to be a welder and I know that at [Wichita] East High he'd have that opportunity but now he don't have it because of someone’s senseless act,” Mejia said.

“I don't even know what it means for our family right now," said Mejia. "I mean other than we got a lot of planning to do, a lot of money to come up with and put one foot in front of the other and pray that it don't happen to anyone else.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe to pay for funeral expenses, click the link here to donate. 

The family also says Sicka's phone was missing from the scene and they are seeking answers. Anyone with information is asked to call WPD detectives at (316) 268-4407, the see something say something hotline at (316) 519-2282 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.