Brenda E. Anderson left her Kansas City home to meet a friend early Saturday shortly after midnight.
By CHRISTINE VENDEL
The Kansas City Star
She was dressed casually and seemed happy, her daughter said.
But Anderson, 49, never returned.
Instead, motel employees responding to a noise complaint — a woman’s screams — found her body in a room in the 3200 block of Broadway before 10 a.m. Saturday. Police have not said how she died but are calling the case a homicide.
“I watched her leave,” said her daughter and roommate, Dayniesha Meeks. “I knew she was going to meet somebody,” but Meeks didn’t know whom.
Anderson apparently had been at the motel with someone for hours. She checked in under her name early Saturday, police said.
Police believe Anderson knew her killer, but they don’t know how well. They didn’t have any motive or suspect information to release Wednesday.
Relatives said Anderson loved to dress up, dance the two-step and cook for her family, always using generous amounts of garlic powder. Her chicken tetrazzini became a family favorite.
Anderson had sickle cell anemia and was on disability, Meeks said. In her younger years, Anderson worked at Kauffman Stadium and an Old Country Buffet restaurant. Anderson had two daughters and two grandsons.
She fought through her illness her entire life and fought for her life Saturday, relatives said.
“They had no right,” one daughter wrote on her Facebook page. “No right to take her away from us. … I am broken.”
That daughter, who is a hairstylist, wrote that she and her two sons have been listening to old voice mails from Anderson to hear her voice again. She also wrote that she was planning to fix her mother’s hair one last time for her funeral Saturday.
Police are asking anyone with information about the killing to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $2,000 is available. Callers can remain anonymous.
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