17-year-old fatally shot in Red River Parish identified


RED RIVER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — A 17-year-old who was fatally shot Wednesday night in Red River Parish has been identified.

The parents of the teenager, Kier Jackson, confirmed to KTAL/KMSS that it was their son who was shot and killed in Coushatta.

Jackson’s father, Joseph Steele, says no parent should ever feel the pain of losing a child.

“I’m feeling hurt, I mean hurt like a hurt you ain’t never felt. If you ain’t been through it then you don’t really know what to feel. You don’t know what to feel or what to do.”

Jackson’s stepmother, Kimberly Steele, said she had just passed him by the basketball court shortly after getting off work. She said she was removing her work clothes when she heard knocking on her door.

“They were just beating on my door and I was like, ‘What?’ and they say, ‘Kier just got shot.’ I was like, ‘What? When? What happened? Who did it?'”

“I was parking in the parking lot, probably about five minutes later, my wife called me and told me that my son had been shot,” said Joseph Steele.

According to the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call shortly after 6:30 p.m. regarding shots fired on Hwy 71 S. Wednesday. A short time later, Jackson showed up at the hospital in a private vehicle. He later died from his injuries.

Friends and family remember his kind personality and the impact he made on others.

“He impacted a lot of people and everybody loved him and to see that he is gone now, it really hurts,” said neighbor and friend Jour’ja Jackson.

Kimberly Steele said she only wanted Keir and his brother to finish school and make a difference.

Detectives said there are no suspects in custody at this time and the investigation into the shooting continues.

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