Crime & Courts

Vigil memorializes 6-year-old shooting victim

More than 100 people took part in a candlelight vigil Saturday night for Reimy Rivera, the 6-year-old girl who was shot to death Thursday morning in an outbreak of domestic violence in her west Wichita home.

The group, many of them wearing purple "Kensler Pride" shirts, gathered in the 2300 block of South Stoney Point, near Kellogg and Maize Road, outside the house where Reimy and three of her relatives were shot by her mother's former boyfriend.

The group stood quietly holding candles for most of the evening, but many later joined in choruses of "Jesus Loves the Little Children." and "Yes, Jesus Loves Me."

The vigil was organized by neighbors who distributed fliers in the area and contacted officials at Kensler Elementary, where Reimy attended first grade.

Wichita police said the former boyfriend, Joel Humberto Corrales-Vega, 37, kicked open the front door of the house at 3:20 a.m. Thursday and opened fire with a large-caliber handgun.

Reimy died of her injuries and her 9-year-old sister, Dayanara Rivera, was critically wounded. Reimy's mother and grandmother, Gloria Morales, 30, and Elana Demeritus, 56. suffered less serious gunshot wounds.

After shooting the family members, police said, Corrales-Vega killed himself with a single gunshot to the head.

Police later said that Corrales-Vega may have been under the influence of methamphetamine or other drugs when the shooting occurred.

Morales and Corrales-Vega met about two months ago and began dating, police said.

Police said the relationship ended shortly after the two took a trip to Disneyland.

There was no record of previous police calls at the address, police said.

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