Crime

July 11, 2014

Lenexa police identify victims in double homicide

The two men found dead Wednesday night in the 8500 block of Hallet Street were Brian S. Baskind, 47, and Clifford E. Preston, 79. Baskind was Preston’s stepson.

Lenexa police have released the names of two men found dead Wednesday night in a home in the 8500 block of Hallet Street.

They were identified as Brian S. Baskind, 47, and Clifford E. Preston, 79. Baskind was Preston’s stepson.

On Wednesday night, police responded to a 911 call from a man reporting he had been shot. They found a wounded man on the home’s front lawn.

Officers then searched the house and found Baskind and Preston inside.

The wounded man has not been identified and remains hospitalized. Police have not said how he was connected to the other men, but they have said they are not seeking a suspect in connection with the incident.

Baskind was an employee of Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City in Merriam. His last name is listed as Baskin by the company. He is identified on the company website as part of its Mercedes-Benz sales staff.

The company released a written statement Friday expressing grief over his loss and “thoughts and prayers” for his family.

“Brian touched the lives of his co-workers as well as his customers, and all of us have experienced a tremendous loss,” the statement said. “Brian was a valued employee, but he was also an important member of our family. We will miss him greatly.”

Preston was chairman of the board of Preston Refrigeration in Kansas City, Kan., according to the company’s website. Company officials said Friday that because of the ongoing investigation, they did not want to comment.

The Lenexa Police Department and the Johnson County sheriff’s department crime scene technicians are continuing to investigate.

Wednesday’s shooting was Lenexa’s first homicide case in two years.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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