Topeka, Kansas – The victim of a recent tragic accidental shooting in Topeka has been identified as Kaleb Lane, an 8th-grade student at Eisenhower Middle School.

The Topeka Police Department confirmed Lane’s identity and age of 13 years old.

The incident occurred on March 16, and unfortunately, Lane was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being taken there by AMR.

Topeka USD 501 Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson shared the devastating news of Lane’s passing with local parents via email.

Anderson described Lane as “a fun loving, energetic student with many friends.” She also noted that a mental health team will be in place for any staff or students at Eisenhower and other schools impacted by Lane’s death.

The Topeka Police Department received a report of an accidental shooting at 8:29 p.m. on March 16 in the 1300 block of Southwest Garfield Ave.

Officers found an individual with life-threatening injuries, who was later identified as Lane. A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in connection to this incident.

Anderson expressed her condolences to Lane’s family and asked the community to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

“We are so sorry to share information regarding a student tragedy over the Spring break and our hearts are heavy for the family,” Anderson said.

This is the second student death in Topeka USD 501 this year. In January, Peyton Tyler, a fourth-grade student from Lowman Hill, died in a house fire along with her sister and mother.

The Topeka community is mourning the loss of Kaleb Lane and offering support to his family and friends during this difficult time.



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