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Radio DJ killed in mass shooting at end of Kansas City Chiefs rally

Lisa Lopez-Galvan hosted a Hispanic music program for a community radio station.

Lisa Lopez-Galvan hosted a Hispanic music program for a community radio station.

Lisa Lopez-Galvan. (Photo via Facebook, Graphic by The Desk)
Lisa Lopez-Galvan. (Photo via Facebook, Graphic by The Desk)

An on-air radio personality was killed during a mass shooting at the end of a rally for the Kansas City Chiefs football team on Wednesday.

Lisa Lopez-Galvan was attending the rally in celebration of the Chief’s win at Super Bowl LVIII when gunfire rang out at the end of the event.

At least 22 people were injured in the shooting, including 11 children, according to local law enforcement and hospital officials. One person died from their injuries, police said at a press conference, though they did not identify the deceased victim.

The Kansas City Star newspaper later said Lopez-Galvan’s family confirmed the radio DJ died while undergoing surgery after she was shot in the abdomen. It was not clear if Lopez-Galvan was the only fatality.

Lopez-Galvan served as an on-air personality for community radio station KKFI (90.1 FM), where she hosted a Hispanic music program called “Tejano Tuesday.” She left behind a husband and two adult children, the newspaper said.

A spokesperson for KKFI said the station extended its condolences to Lopez-Galvan’s family.

“This senseless act has taken a beautiful person from her family and this KC Community,” the spokesperson said.

Local NBC affiliate KSHB (Channel 41) said three people were in custody in connection with the shooting. It was not clear if a gunman had been identified, though early reports suggested as many as two people may have fired on spectators during the incident. A motive for the shooting is still unknown.

“It’s going to take us a little bit to determine what led up to the shooting,” Stacey Graves, the Chief of Police in Kansas City, said at a news conference. “I have heard that fans got involved in the apprehension or pursuit of one of the suspects, but I cannot confirm that myself.”

A video posted to a social media website purported to show onlookers tackling a person identified as a potential shooter. Graves said police are still looking into whether the person who appeared in the video is one of the three people taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.

Graves said over 800 police and other law enforcement officials were stationed throughout the parade route.

“Officers were there to keep everyone safe. I’m angry at what happened today,” Graves remarked.

In a statement posted online Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for the Chiefs said the team was “truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today’s parade and rally.”

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and all of Kansas City,” the spokesperson sad, adding that all players, coaches and team staff were safe.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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