Balloon release will honor former FD teen

The shooting of Myranda Keck is under investigation in Wichita, Kansas

Myranda Keck

The family of a former Fort Dodge woman who died in Kansas will hold a balloon release Friday and is encouraging people to donate to a local domestic violence shelter in her memory.

Myranda Keck, 18, was shot and killed in Wichita on Feb. 6.

She was three days away from turning 19.

Keck had lived in Fort Dodge from 2011 to 2013, according to her stepmother, Danielle Keck, of Fort Dodge.

“Her father moved up here when we got married,” Danielle Keck said. “Her mother is from Wichita.”

According to a published report in the Withania Eagle, police there said Keck was fatally shot in front of her mother and boyfriend. Officers found Keck dead of a single gunshot wound in a car parked in the 1600 block of South Estelle at around 2:20 a.m.

Myranda Keck had just arrived at a home with the other two people. Police reported that a car drove by and shots were fired. The mother and boyfriend were not injured.

While Danielle Keck can’t say anything about Myranda Keck’s death due to an ongoing investigation, she said the family wanted to honor her memory.

To do that, they decided to hold the balloon release.

It will be at 5 p.m. Friday at 513 Fifth Ave. N.

Those in attendance are encouraged to wear purple in honor of Myranda Keck, according to her father, Sammy Keck, of Fort Dodge.

Danielle Keck said those who attend are encouraged to bring something to donate to the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center, a Fort Dodge-based shelter that houses victims of domestic and sexual violence.

“Myranda loved kids,” Danielle Keck said. “She would do anything for anybody, just to make somebody feel better. She would give you the shirt off her back.”

Because of that, she said the family is asking for donations to D/SAOC that would specifically go to children.

“If we can give back to those kids at a time when everything is so confusing,” she said. “They don’t have the comforts from home because they’re in the shelter.”

All this will help keep Myranda Keck’s memory alive, her stepmother said.

“She was an average teenage girl,” Danielle Keck said. “She loved her phone. She loved being on Facebook. She loved her little brothers more than anything in the world.”

The feeling was reciprocated.

“Her brothers love her and miss her beyond words.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the balloon release, but Sammy Keck said snow in the forecast may alter their plans.

“It’s going to be touch and go with the weather we got going,” he said. “We may have to postpone for a day or two until the snow stops.”

As of late Tuesday, there were no plans to change it event.

Sammy Keck said the family is working on another way of honoring his daughter’s memory — by creating a foundation called Myranda’s Arms.

“We’re working on it here and other people are working on it in Kansas,” he said. “To keep her memory alive.”