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Watch: 'X-Factor' Singer Shot Dead in Kansas City, Family Says he was Targeted for Being Gay

Thursday July 8, 2021

Deangelo Wallace on "X-Factor" in 2012.
Deangelo Wallace on "X-Factor" in 2012.  (Source:YouTube Still)

The family of a man who was shot dead in Kansas City, Missouri this week said he was targeted because he is gay, KCTV 5 reports.

Deangelo Wallace, 28, was killed outside the Kansas City Police Headquarters on Monday (July 5) around 12:30 a.m. and investigators say he was shot when an argument with someone escalated. Police brought one person of interest into custody, but they were later released.

Wallace's family says he was targeted because he was gay and that before his death he was targeted in downtown Kansas City.

"I just want to keep my brother's name alive and get that awareness out," Wallace's sister Shauntice Wallace told KCTV 5. "He was a good person. I'm going to miss him. I just want his killer to be charged."

Fox 4 reports that Wallace, who had appeared on "X-Factor" in 2012, had been "in and out of shelters" and took public transportation to get downtown but faced harassment.

"I've been on phone calls several times where he's been threatened here in Kansas City. He's been told that if they see him downtown, he'll be killed," his sister told Fox 4.

"He said he was targeted coming down here in the downtown area. The homeless people were throwing rocks at my son," his mother Karen Wallace added.

Despite the family calling it a hate crime, authorities insist the shooting was a result of an argument.

"Them making this gut reaction and saying this case is said and done — if the family here is saying it's a hate crime, if the action leading up to it is a hate crime, there just needs to be a better set of eyes," LGBTQ Commission vice chair Justice Horn told Fox 4.

Wallace's sister added: "I just want his killer to be charged. I want justice for my brother, and I want to shed light on the LGBT community because they are targeted every day."

His time on "X-Factor" was short but memorable. While performing, all four judges at the time — Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Randy Jackson and Louis Walsh — walked out in reaction to his singing. Wallace the ran off with a $3,000 microphone and was later arrested in Kansas City, still singing as he was arrested.

Watch Fox 4's reports below, along with a clip of Wallace on "X-Factor."