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Skateboarding Feud Ends With Death of Teen
Ryder Spillman was looking for a fight April 23. Spillman, 16, went alone to Thomas A. Edison Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas. He was there to meet Stephen and Shane Reed. The Reed cousins were waiting in a vehicle when they spotted Spillman.
Stephen, 17, says he believed that Spillman was armed. Shane handed Stephen a gun, and Stephen fired at Spillman, who was running toward their vehicle. Spillman wasn't armed. The bullet struck Spillman in the heart, killing him. His body was found the next day.
In August, Shane Reed was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile correctional facility for his role in the killing. He had previously pleaded guilty to aiding a felon and to possession of a firearm by a juvenile.
In September, a Wyandotte County jury convicted Stephen Reed of second-degree murder for killing Spillman. He was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.
Theresa Reed, Stephen's mother, told KSHB Channel 41 that her son told her the killing was an accident. She explained that the Reed boys were members of a group of Shawnee Mission East High School students called "the new mafia" who weren't on friendly terms with Spillman, who was a member of a rival group of skateboarders from Shawnee Mission North High School who called themselves "Ro-Po." The two groups had clashed at skate parks in Roeland Park and Prairie Village.
Husband of 16-Year-Old Girl Says He Killed Her Lover
Justin Cannon told detectives that he killed Michael Griggs because he believed that Griggs had been sleeping with his 16-year-old wife while he was serving in the U.S. Army.
Cannon's wife, Amber, was found dead in a Grandview motel room July 27. The Jackson County Medical examiner ruled that Amber's death was caused by acute drug intoxication. Her family believes that she overdosed on a drug called "blueberry." Amber's parents told KCTV Channel 5 that they didn't believe Amber had been sleeping with Griggs.
Amber married Cannon in March, the month that she turned 16. She would have been a junior at Belton High School in the fall. Cannon, 21, was stationed in Italy and returned to the Kansas City area for Amber's funeral.
On July 30, at Truman Lake, he confronted Griggs, who was camping there. Cannon told detectives that he sneaked up on the 24-year-old the next morning when Griggs went to use the bathroom. Cannon said he hit Griggs in the back of the head with a rock and dumped Griggs' body in the lake to hide it. An hour later, he reportedly told fellow campers that Griggs was missing.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged Cannon with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Murder-Suicide at Overland Park Shooting Range
The Bullet Hole shooting range was the scene of a murder-suicide September 6. Police believe that Victor Ocampo, 42, killed Bambi Hilburn, 38, before turning the gun on himself.
Ocampo and Hilburn were a couple, according to Ocampo's Facebook page. They had reportedly met on a dating website and had been together for a couple of months. Hilburn was a mother of two daughters, ages 5 and 16.
The homicide was the first in Overland Park since 2009.
Man Who Beat Three Murder Charges Killed in Kansas City, Kansas
Markus Lee beat three murder raps in eight years. But on a Sunday evening in late October, the 27-year-old was found shot to death in the 1000 block of Ann Avenue in KCK. Authorities believe that Lee had strong ties to East Side gangs.