PICTURED: Girl, 13, who died trying to escape kidnapper in her family's stolen SUV

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PICTURED: Girl, 13, who died trying to escape kidnapper in her family's stolen SUV

PICTURED: Girl, 13, who was killed when she jumped out of her family's hijacked SUV to escape carjacker and was dragged for miles on K

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PICTURED: Girl, 13, who was killed when she jumped out of her family’s hijacked SUV to escape carjacker and was dragged for miles on Kansas interstate

  • Police identified 13-year-old Briana Ibarra as the girl who was killed in the carjacking on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas
  • Briana was waiting in the backseat of her family’s SUV outside a restaurant when suspect Kevin Palmer allegedly got in and drove off 
  • The girl tried to jump out of the car but got caught in her seatbelt, police said
  • Palmer, 34, is charged with felony manslaughter in Briana’s death
  • Briana’s family described her as ‘full of life’ and ‘a beautiful soul’ 
  • A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help the family cover funeral costs 

A 13-year-old girl who was killed after being dragged for several miles when she tried to jump out of her family’s SUV after a carjacker stole it from outside a restaurant has been identified. 

Police say Briana Ibarra got caught in her seat belt while trying to escape the car after it was stolen in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday. 

The alleged carjacker, Kevin Palmer, 34, has since been charged with felony murder over the girl’s death.  

Briana was waiting in the back seat of the running SUV parked outside the restaurant while her family went inside to pick up food at about midday. 

Police identified 13-year-old Briana Ibarra (pictured) as the girl who was killed in the carjacking on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas

Police identified 13-year-old Briana Ibarra (pictured) as the girl who was killed in the carjacking on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas

Briana (pictured) was waiting in the backseat of her family's SUV outside a restaurant when suspect Kevin Palmer allegedly got in and drove off

Briana (pictured) was waiting in the backseat of her family’s SUV outside a restaurant when suspect Kevin Palmer allegedly got in and drove off

Palmer, 34, (above in his mugshot) is charged with felony manslaughter in Briana's death

Palmer, 34, (above in his mugshot) is charged with felony manslaughter in Briana’s death 

Palmer is accused of getting into the driver’s seat and taking off. 

The girl tried to escape the SUV while it was moving but got caught in her seat belt. 

Police say she was dragged outside the car for several miles.

A witness saw the horrific ordeal unfold and followed the SUV while calling 911.  

Palmer eventually stopped the SUV and attempted to flee before being captured by officers, police say. 

A witness saw the horrific ordeal unfold and followed the SUV while calling 911. Palmer eventually stopped the SUV (location where he stopped is pictured) and attempted to flee before being captured by officers

A witness saw the horrific ordeal unfold and followed the SUV while calling 911. Palmer eventually stopped the SUV (location where he stopped is pictured) and attempted to flee before being captured by officers

Briana was pronounced dead at the scene. 

‘This is one of the saddest cases I have been associated with in my over 28 years of law enforcement,’ Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said. 

A GoFundMe page set up to help Briana’s family cover her funeral costs has raised more than $11,200 so far. 

Loved ones paid tribute to the teen in an article for local news station KAKE on Monday. 

Brianna’s parents described her as ‘full of life’ and said she ‘always made everybody laugh, loved her family [and] was always up for any adventure’. 

Older sister Marissa Ibarra said Briana was ‘weird in her own way that made her a beautiful soul’. 

‘She was bright, carefree, straightforward, family oriented, strong, would do anything for family,’ Marissa said, adding that Briana ‘loved to create’ and was ‘easy and fun to be around’.   

The family thanked the Wichita community for their support in the wake of Briana’s death, calling it ‘a tragedy that no family should have to go through’.  

Briana's family described the teen (pictured) as 'full of life' and 'a beautiful soul'

'She was bright, carefree, straightforward, family oriented, strong, would do anything for family,' Briana's sister Marissa said

Briana’s family described the teen (pictured) as ‘full of life’ and ‘a beautiful soul’

Briana is seen center with her parents and sister in an undated Facebook photo

Briana is seen center with her parents and sister in an undated Facebook photo

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