Homicide detectives took advantage of daylight Wednesday to continue gathering evidence at a south Kansas City home where someone shot a young woman, her boyfriend and her toddler child to death Tuesday night.
The woman’s brother found the bodies about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday inside the home in the 5900 block of East 84th Street, just west of Interstate 435.
Police did not release the victims’ names Wednesday. Both adults were in their late teens.
The killings bring to eight the number of homicides reported in the first eight days of the month in Kansas City.
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Investigators waited at the scene until about 1:30 a.m. for a search warrant so they could enter the residence, said Capt. Tye Grant, a police spokesman.
Police did not release details of what they believe happened inside and have said nothing of any possible suspects.
At the scene Tuesday night, Mayor Sly James blamed “idiots with guns.” He expressed frustration that gun violence continues despite the handwringing that follows each killing.
“It’s the same old stuff. We all know what’s going on. We just don’t have the guts to change it,” James said. “Everyone wants to protect their rights, but while we’re doing that, we’re forgetting that people are getting killed at a ridiculous rate.”
A neighbor said the woman’s teenage brother had visited friends earlier in the evening before returning home and discovering the bodies. Police arrived a short time later and met the distraught teen.
“He walked in on it and it freaked him out,” said the neighbor, Sandra Peak. “The cops kind of, like, tackled him because they didn’t know what was going on.”
The female victim attended high school and lived in the residence with her child, her brother and their adoptive father, Peak said. The man had raised the siblings alone since his wife died several years ago. A third adult female child moved out several years ago.
The family’s landlord said she has rented the property to the father for three years.
“They were good, nice people,” Dolores Dick said. “He kept the rent up every month and kept the house in order and the lawn mowed.”
Dick said she had not spoken to the father since learning about the shooting.
“I have been so upset when I heard this. I don’t know what to do,” she said.
The infant is the city’s seventh homicide victim younger than 17 this year.
The slayings pushed the city’s yearly homicide total to 63, which is 10 more than this time last year but still below the previous five-year average of 69.
Police ask anyone with information about Tuesday’s shooting to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
The Star’s Ian Cummings contributed to this report.