UPDATE: Kansas City police say two male suspects (ages 17 and 18) are in custody, and charges are expected to be filed today.
Original Story: NBC Action News' Russ Ptacek has the most eerie story about the slaying
of realtor Yuri Ives, who was shot to death inside his renovated Northeast
neighborhood mansion on Monday.
Ptacek got his hands on an e-mail sent by Ives in which he expressed
fears for his life -- and attached a photo of a person he believed would kill him.
"I'm sending this email because I want to to (sic) be known if I'mThe above image is the one that Ives wrote about. (NBC blurred out the faces of the men in the photo.)
killed or my house has been shot up with bullets in the middle of the
night I beleive (sic) the person who did this act is pictured," Ives
wrote in an e-mail sent to Mayor Mark Funkhouser and 24 other friends
and city leaders.
Although several people acknowledged receiving the e-mail, apparently no
one was alarmed, including Will Royster.
"Yuri was frequently telling me things like this," Royster told Ptacek.
"The e-mail was not typical. It didn't strike me as being any more
relevant than any other threat that Yuri told me about."
Ives reportedly wrote on August 19, 2010:
"This afternoon I had anAlthough this is all pretty creepy, Ptacek reported that detectives said the person in the photo isn't the focus of their investigation. Authorities reportedly believe that Ives knew
altercation with a mowing person in front of 511 Gladstone Blvd. This
guy cussed me out and said I was to (sic) picky."
"This person later yelled at me that he would come back because he knew
where I lived the guy stated he would come back a (expletive removed) ME
UP and remember I know where you live is what he said to me."
his killer. They are still looking for tips, so if you have info that can help, call
the TIPS Hotline