Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yuri Ives sent city leaders an e-mail with a photo of the person he thought would kill him

Posted by on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM

click to enlarge Yuri Ives sent this photo to city leaders of the person he believed would kill him.
  • Yuri Ives sent this photo to city leaders of the person he believed would kill him.

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.



From NBC:

"I'm sending this email because I want to to (sic) be known if I'm

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.


The above image is the one that Ives wrote about. (NBC blurred out the faces of the men in the photo.)

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 an

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."


Although 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

his killer. They are still looking for tips, so if you have info that can help, call

the TIPS Hotline

at 816-474-8477.



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