Kansas City was having a relatively decent year murderwise until Sunday night. Last week, the city was at 45 homicides - two fewer than at the same time in 2012. But it all went to crap over the last 36 hours or so when the city added three homicides in a spate of shootings.
The first homicide of Monday night happened outside an apartment complex at 1715 Kansas Avenue, after a pair of groups exchanged gunfire with each other. Police found a 30-year-old man dead in the parking lot. Three other people were hurt in the shooting.
UPDATE: Police have released additional details in the killings of Syrus and Vanzant, who they say were boyfriend and girlfriend and have a child. Police say Syrus and Vanzant "were involved in a large fight between several individuals when they were shot." A dark-colored SUV was spotted fleeing the scene.
Annie Oliver may be the oldest female homicide suspect in Jackson County history - at least that anyone in the prosecutor's office can remember.
Last week, Oliver, 80, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of her husband, Ronald Oliver. The octogenarian told officers responding to the scene that she was tired of being verbally abused by Ronald Oliver, so she hit him with a baseball bat.
Oliver may be the oldest woman charged in a homicide in Jackson County, but she isn't the oldest person.
Alonzo Ruff (left) and Anthony Williams (right) have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of Missouri-Kansas City student Aaron Makarian.
Ruff, 20, and Williams, 21, are also charged with first-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree assault and five counts of armed criminal action.
Kansas City police were called to a four-person shooting at 4904 Brookside Boulevard around 11:36 p.m. March 21. Makarian, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victims were taken to local hospitals or treated at the scene.
Barrett's husband discovered the woman's body in their home in the 4400 block of East 33rd Street and called police around 11:16 a.m. Sunday. Barrett's cause of death hasn't been released, but police are investigating her death as a homicide. If you have information about her death, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
The Kansas City Police Department says the body of a male homicide victim was found late Tuesday night at Broadway and 37th Street. Police blocked traffic and closed down part of Broadway while they investigated. The KCPD statistics list this as the 18th homicide of 2013.
Police haven't identified the victim from Tuesday night, and they ask anybody with information to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477. The body was found near Chubby's On Broadway, which was the site of a double shooting in July 2011 that left one person dead.
Update: Police have arrested a suspect and identified the victim; more after the jump.
Brian Cunningham and Therman Lacy III were found dead inside a vehicle at 115 North Denver around 7:45 p.m. Monday. Police say a black man wearing dark clothing was spotted fleeing the scene on foot.
Cunningham, 27, and Lacy, 30, were both from Kansas City, Missouri.
Police have also identified 25-year-old Jachin Reedy as the victim of a homicide at 3604 Highland.
Belcher's report notes that his blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit to drive. His blood contained 170 mg/dL of ethanol, which is a BAC of .17. His drug panel was also negative. But the level of Belcher's intoxication is noteworthy because of his interaction with police the night before the murder-suicide. It has been well-documented that Belcher and Perkins were both out partying the night before their deaths. KCPD officers found Belcher sleeping in his car (which was running and parked legally) outside the apartment of his mistress at 3 a.m. Belcher died at 8:09 a.m., more than five hours after he spoke with the officers.
According to a police report, the officers woke Belcher and initially thought he was acting like he was possibly intoxicated. But two officers didn't smell alcohol on him, and he seemed more coherent after being awake for a while. Police did not administer a field sobriety test. He spent the night in the apartment of his mistress's neighbors and left their building around 6:45 a.m. He then went home, killed Perkins and drove to the Chiefs' offices, where he killed himself after speaking with coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
Streeter's body was found in a field adjacent to Platte Purchase Park November 29. Streeter was 49.
According to court records, an unnamed witness told police that she and Ortiz, 37, picked up Streeter at a casino in Kansas City, Kansas. They allegedly wanted to buy drugs from Streeter.
Court documents say Ortiz drove Streeter from the casino to his home at 3237 Brooklyn Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The three did unspecified drugs, according to the witness, and then Ortiz became angry and blamed Streeter for an assault on him. The records say Ortiz punched Streeter in the face, knocking her to the floor, where he choked her. Then, he said, "This bitch is still breathing," and told the witness to get him an electrical cord, which she did, and he used it to strangle Streeter to death, according to the records.
A Kansas City Chiefs player has allegedly shot his girlfriend and then himself, according to Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte's Twitter account. The player involved is linebacker Jovan Belcher, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. UPDATE: Kansas City police have identified the victim as 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins.
La Canfora also reports that Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and Coach Romeo Crennel were outside the team facility at the time Belcher killed himself. Belcher "thanked both men before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened."
KCTV Channel 5 is reporting that the Chiefs player allegedly killed his girlfriend and then himself this morning. The woman was shot at 54th and Crysler Avenue around 8 a.m.
There is a conflicting report: KMBC Channel 9 is reporting that the woman is in critical condition. Update: Kansas City police have confirmed that both the player and the girlfriend are dead. The only confirmation on the identities from police is that the player was a 25-year-old black male and the woman was a black female in her 20s.
Here's the official word from the Chiefs: "We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation."
610 Sports' Danny Parkins sent this Tweet: "The player apparently was confronted with #Chiefs coaches in the parking lot before he put the gun to his head and committed suicide."
The Star, citing an unnamed friend of the victim, reports that Belcher and his girlfriend argued after she came home late from Friday's Trey Songz concert at the Midland.
"The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.
"We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization."
Update: The Chiefs-Panthers game will go on as scheduled Sunday. Here's the statement from the Chiefs:
"After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow's game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time."
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