GoFundMe set up for high school wrestler murdered at work

A GoFundMe page has been set up for a high school wrestler who was found shot to death at his job at a laundromat early Saturday morning.

December Htoo
The fundraising website has been established to help pay funeral expenses for December Htoo, a sophomore student-athlete at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kan.

A fellow employee found Htoo dead at the Maple Hill Laundromat where he worked part-time. Htoo was discovered at about 7 a.m. Saturday, the time he would normally be headed to wrestling practice. He had been shot four times inside the laundry.

"Him not showing up was out of the ordinary," Zach Davies, head wrestling coach at J.C. Harmon, told the NBC affiliate in Kansas City.

"To have this happen pretty much right before our eyes," said Davies. "I mean he was there one day and gone the next and it's hard to come to grips with that."

"We were a family and all these kids they lost a brother and it's almost to the effect of we felt like we lost a son too," said Davies. "He truly is one of a kind, very unique, very funny, very outgoing loving kid. There is not a person on the team that hasn't been affected by him in a positive way. Even our new freshman this year."

December Htoo loved wrestling and hoped to become a professional mixed martial arts fighter, according to his 14-year-old brother, Kyaw Wah.

"All he wanted to do is follow his dream."

"My brother was a great person," Kyaw said. "He's got no enemy. … He's got great friends. Everybody loved him."

And, apparently, a great wrestler in the making, according to his high school coach.

Davies described Htoo as having a "daring wrestling style, "running to the beat of his own drum," the coach told the Kansas City Star.

As a freshman, he learned quickly and came with his own style. "He scored on phenomenal wrestlers, and he didn't know what he'd done," he said.

"He was so full of joy," Davies said. "The maddest part of this is that he came here for a better life " for a safe place."


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Bud111 (2) about a month ago
Excellent article Mark. Check out the fund me site to see the compassion and love from friends and fellow wrestlers.
IdeaMark (1) about a month ago
Thank you, Bud for your kind comments... and recommendation to revisit the GoFundMe page. It is heartwarming to see those comments. I would urge readers to take a look... and consider making a donation to help with funeral expenses.
Mark Palmer
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