West Wichita Shooting Takes Life Of Former Beloit Wrestler

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A shooting Thursday in Wichita took the life of a former Beloit High School State Champion wrestler.

According to media reports, the shooting took place approximately 7 p.m. in the 200 block of North Charles. When Wichita Police arrived on the scene, they found 30-year-old Blake Mayes with a gunshot wound to his body.

Mayes was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Mayes was a State Wrestling Champion at 152 pounds in 2008 for the Beloit Trojans.

Following an investigation, Police report the incident wasn’t random, and immediately began searching for three suspects.

On Saturday, 51-year-old William Moore was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, criminal possession of a firearm, and domestic battery. Also arrested Saturday in Topeka was 36-year-old Bobbie Williams-Cox on felony murder charges.

Police are still searching for the third suspect, 28-year-old Jesse Sweeney of Wichita.

Anyone with information about this case, or the whereabouts of Jesse Sweeney are asked to contact the Wichita Police Department at (316) 268-4407 or the See Something, Say Something hotline at (316) 519-2282.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.