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Ella The Deer
Birth: May, 2011
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 2013
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

Photo of Ella and the dog was taken by unknown photographer.

A memorial marker was added for Ella in Sept 2013. Ella was cremated and her ashes were returned to Elmwood Cemetery.
This is a tribute to Ella.

Ella was born in Elmwood Cemetery and became a permanent fixture for so many people who either worked or visited the cemetery. She became an orphan when her mother was killed by a car when she ventured out of the cemetery. Ella was always visible during events that took place in the cemetery and she became friends with a stray dog and they became inseparable. As winter was approaching, city officials knew the dog would not survive, so it was captured and the dog has since been adopted by a local family. Her story was on the local news channels.

Ella was found shot dead on sunday. She was killed by a heartless poacher.

Update August 30th 2013:
Phoenix M. Vankirk, 19, of Independence, Mo. was cited by the Missouri Department of Conservation on Thursday for killing a deer out of season. Ella, a two-year-old doe was a favorite calming celebrity who lived peacefully at a Kansas City cemetery.

According to, on the evening of August 3, Vankirk allegedly admitted to authorities he was on the porch grilling when he looked across the street at the Elmwood Cemetery and spotted the doe. He grabbed his 45 caliber handgun and shot Ella through her shoulder. The doe ran for a moment or two, and then collapsed and died.Vankirk told police he had no idea the doe was tame, and he killed her for food for his family. When he drove his car to retrieve the deer's body, the gates to the cemetery were locked.
Elmwood Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: in front of the chapel
Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Aug 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115053813
Ella The Deer
Added by: sniksnak
Ella The Deer
Added by: Tom Denardo
Ella The Deer
Added by: sniksnak
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August 4th Angel Day love.
- purple-lady
 Added: Aug. 13, 2016

- Diana McDevitt Eyler
 Added: Aug. 7, 2016
💜 Remembering Ella...xox
- Lღve Fღrever
 Added: Aug. 6, 2016
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