The brutality of Andrea Hooks-Shields’ death last week belied the gentleness of her nature, her father says.
Police found the 38-year-old Kansas City woman’s body burning May 14 near a commercial building at 19th Street and Brooklyn Avenue.
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“She was a street person, but she wasn’t a bad person,” said her father, Arthur Hooks.
Hooks said that although his daughter had been living on the streets off and on for the past several years, he saw her often. People always had nice things to say about her, he said.
“She was the sweetest thing,” he said. “She always poured her heart out to people.”
Hooks-Shields was the mother of six children ranging in age from 2 to the early 20s. One son, who had been adopted by another family, was shot and killed in 2011, Hooks said.
Born in Kansas City, she was raised by Hooks and his mother. She had a good life but “she was kind of a wild child,” Hooks said.
He said he has heard from many people who knew her and expressed to him how much they miss her.
“She touched people’s hearts,” he said.
Hooks said he did not want to comment on what police have told him about his daughter’s death and said he is praying that they find who did it.
“I’m putting it in God’s hands,” Hooks said.
As part of their investigation, police last week said they were looking for a car, thought to be a white two-door Ford Thunderbird with a rear spoiler, that was seen in the area before Hooks-Shields was found.
A candlelight vigil is being planned for tonight near where Hooks-Shields was found.
Anyone with information about her death is being asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.