Police on Sunday identified the man and woman found shot to death inside a Fiat this weekend as Marva L. Amrine, 53, and Terrell K. Nance, 64.
Police found the victims, both from Kansas City, while responding to reports of shots being fired around 4 a.m. Saturday in the 3800 block of Park Avenue.
Both victims were bus drivers at Kansas City International Airport for the Kansas City Aviation Department, according to a statement from spokesman Joe McBride.
Amrine worked for the Aviation Department, while Nance had recently retired from the department but was working for another company.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to their friends and family,” McBride said in the statement.
Amrine and Nance were very outgoing and friendly, said co-worker Shakainda Walker.
“They were two phenomenal individuals,” she said. “Marva just had this laugh that when you heard her laugh, you couldn’t help but laugh with her. Terrell was the biggest joker.”
Walker had worked with them for about eight years. She met them when she first started and recalled them as being very welcoming and genuinely nice people.
“They were like family to a lot of us — off the clock too,” she said. “We would get together and relax and have a good time.”
The two would ride in to work together, Walker said.
When Walker and her co-workers heard that Amrine and Nance had been victims of the shooting, they were in shock all day Saturday.
The mood Sunday among the drivers was very quiet and somber, she said. Walker said she broke down.
“We drove the red buses together for a long time,” said Walker, who added that there are only two of them. “Seeing that other red bus and knowing he (Nance) will never be on it again is a shock.”
McBride said the City’s Employee Assistance Program is available to any employee who wishes to seek help.
Police said they found more than 20 shell casings near the silver Fiat. The car’s doors were open when officers arrived.
Amrine and Nance were shot at close range.
Police said they were looking for a newer model black Jeep Wrangler-type vehicle with a black spare tire and silver rim on the back. The license plate information was unknown. At least two people were believed to have been inside the SUV.
Police asked that anyone with information about the SUV or the homicides call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Police were trying to determine whether the homicides were related to a double shooting that occurred Thursday night in the same neighborhood.
In that incident, a 28-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl sustained injuries that were not life threatening in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting.
Witnesses told police that a black Lincoln Navigator circled the block and pulled up in front of the residence. Someone fired multiple rounds from an assault rifle, hitting both victims. The SUV then sped away, heading north on Park.
The shooting deaths of Amrine and Nance are the city’s 42nd and 43rd homicides of the year. The Kansas City area has seen 67 homicides so far this year.