Three people found dead at a central Kansas City house Monday morning were longtime and well-liked residents of the area, neighbors said.
Kansas City police identified two of the victims Monday night as Herschel L. Pike, 41, and his mother, Donna M. Pike, 62. They lived at the home in the 3900 block of the Paseo. The third person was identified as a family friend, Edward Williams, 57, of Kansas City.
Williams was thought to have worked as an auto mechanic for people in the neighborhood.
Although police have not said how the people died, detectives were investigating the case as a triple homicide.
Police learned about the first body about 8 a.m. Monday after a woman flagged down a passing police car.
The woman told officers that she had gone to the house after she was unable to contact the residents by phone. Police found Williams’ body next to a car parked in the house’s side yard.
Officers attempted to enter the house, but the doors were locked and no one answered their knocks.
Police then obtained a search warrant for the home. About three hours after the first body was found, a heavily armed tactical team entered through the rear of the home and discovered the bodies of a man and woman inside. Neighbors who live across the street said that they heard what sounded like an argument and the sounds of multiple gunshots overnight.
“I heard screaming and yelling outside,” said William Baltimore, who said he then heard five to six gunshots but didn’t investigate.
Maria Kemp, another neighbor, said she often visited with Donna Pike to check on her because she had suffered health problems recently.
“I’d like to find out what happened,” Kemp said. “This is just ridiculous.”
Maurice Banks, who said he has known Herschel Pike since childhood, recently had talked to him about possibly going into business together.
“He was a real stand-up guy,” Banks said. “He was a warm friend, easy to get along with.”
Donna Pike was friendly and welcoming to visitors, he said. Her home was a popular gathering place for her son and his friends.
Another longtime friend, Joe Norris, said the woman would go out of her way to help people.
“If you showed up naked, you’d leave with clothes,” he said. “If you showed up hungry, she’d feed you.”
Banks and Norris said they also knew Williams, who worked on cars for numerous people in the neighborhood.
Detectives and crime scene technicians spent the day looking for clues inside and outside the well-maintained bungalow.
A police spokesman said there was no information about possible suspects and asked anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.