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Union Station offers free trip to woman shot protecting child’s gift

Updated: 2013-08-02T04:20:44Z


The Kansas City Star

An Oklahoma woman who got shot in a robbery for refusing to hand over a child’s gift she bought from Union Station was offered a gift of her own: a free return trip to Kansas City, courtesy of Union Station.

Lacy, the 28-year-old visitor, was in Kansas City for a work conference and had visited Union Station, where she bought a $10 plastic pirate hook for her boyfriend’s son. When she went out for pizza early Wednesday with co-workers, they were confronted by two robbers outside the pizza shop at 38th and Main streets.

The robbers wanted their purses, but Lacy didn’t have one. The robbers then demanded her Union Station gift bag, but she tucked it under her arm and refused. One robber tried to wrest it from her, then shot her, grazing her in the neck. She suffered a deep gouge that needed to be sutured.

Her efforts to protect the gift inspired Union Station officials to offer “a fun, relaxing and crime-free weekend” for her, her boyfriend and his 4-year-old son. The trip would include a hotel room, dinner and tickets to the Real Pirates exhibition at Union Station.

“We’d like to offer them a good experience here in Kansas City, to express our concern,” said Joy Torchia, a marketing director at Union Station.

The offer flattered Lacy, whose last name is being withheld for safety reasons.

“I don’t have any reservations about coming back to Kansas City,” she said, “although I was joking with my friends that I might not go out after dark. I know there are a lot of fun things to do for kids. So yeah, we’d love that.”

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