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Close-knit Quincy, Ill., community mourns loss of 8-year-old Audrick Warren in KC

Audrick Warren (right) and Gavin Terstegge were best friends when they both lived in Quincy, Ill. Molly Ann Terstegge said Audrick’s parents relocated to Kansas City last spring.
Audrick Warren (right) and Gavin Terstegge were best friends when they both lived in Quincy, Ill. Molly Ann Terstegge said Audrick’s parents relocated to Kansas City last spring.

Audrick Warren, an 8-year-old boy found dead Tuesday in a Northland apartment, was described by a close family friend as a God-fearing, fun-loving child with a great smile.

Molly Ann Terstegge of Quincy, Ill., said Audrick and her 8-year-old-son, Gavin, were best friends before Audrick’s parents relocated to Kansas City last spring.

Terstegge said the family moved to the area after Audrick’s father transferred for a job opportunity.

Audrick was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon in a home in the 5800 block of North London Avenue in Kansas City.

Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Family members told local media outlets earlier this week that Audrick drowned in the bathtub of his parents’ Northland townhome.

Police have not said how the child died.

Attempts by The Star to reach family members for comment were unsuccessful.

“I feel like I lost one of my own,” Terstegge said Thursday, adding that Audrick and Gavin attended the same Quincy elementary school in first and second grades. “Gavin and Audrick were the best of buds. When he left, Gavin cried daily.”

Terstegge said Gavin and Audrick shared a connection through their belief in God. She said Gavin was heartsick over Audrick’s death.

“He asked me, ‘Did Jesus come and get (Audrick) right away?’ ” Terstegge said.

Terstegge said she has not spoken with Audrick’s mother, who Kansas City police said jumped from the Bond Bridge the same day Audrick was found dead.

The woman, whose name was not released, sustained injuries not considered life-threatening. Details of what prompted her to jump have not been released.

A Fire Department rescue team was training students around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday when the police alerted them that the woman had jumped from the bridge. A firefighter rescued the woman a short time later.

Terstegge said the woman was the envy of the town in Quincy.

“She is beautiful. A model, basically,” Terstegge said. “She is somebody that everybody wanted to be.”

Audrick and his mother shared similar characteristics, Terstegge said.

“Their souls were quite alike,” she said. “Great smiles. They come from a great Christian family, and both were respectful and fun to be around.”

Terstegge said the Quincy community where she lives was devastated by Audrick’s death and his mother’s medical situation.

“Everyone here is shocked,” she said. “Everyone is sad.”

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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