An Independence man found shot to death Friday in his Truman Road thrift shop was a longtime vendor of tamales at the same location.
Mark Turley, 50, was quite well known out there, said Jim VanZandt, the third-generation owner of Jims Hot Tamales.
For about 15 years on weekends, I made the tamales and he bought them and resold them from a cart outside the thrift shop on the 3900 block of Truman Road, VanZandt said.
Turley acquired the shop a few years ago and extended his tamale business to six days a week, said VanZandt: He put the two together and tried to make ends meet, just like everyone.
Kansas City police said Turleys body was found about 5:15 p.m. Friday. No further details were provided Saturday, and police urged anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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