Popular deer who befriended dog in KC cemetery found shot

Published On: Aug 06 2013 07:36:50 AM HST

There is sadness and outrage after a deer that gained national attention was shot and killed in Kansas City, Mo.

A spokesperson at Elmwood Cemetery said someone shot Ella in the shoulder on Sunday.

"You wonder how someone could do that," Bruce Mathews said. "I think it was somebody with a very hard heart and confused mind."

Mathews said Ella was born at the Elmwood Cemetery at Truman Road and Van Brunt Boulevard two years ago. Her mother died shortly after her birth, so Ella grew up and continued to live in the cemetery.

In 2012, Ella befriended a stray shar pei mix. The two lived side-by-side for several months before the dog went to Wayside Waifs for adoption in December.

Mathews said everyone who attended funerals at the cemetery loved Ella, including some Boy Scouts who volunteered there.

"In a cemetery amongst the dead, she brought life and she brought hope and joy to kids of all ages."

The person who shot Ella could face a misdemeanor charge, since deer season does not begin until November.

Wayside Waifs plans to cremate the deer and return her ashes to the cemetery.

Supporters have started a Facebook group to raise money for a memorial.


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