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KCK homicide victim was sister of Pamela Butler, girl kidnapped and killed in 1999

KCK mother mourns loss of second daughter to homicide

Cherri West, mother of Pamela Butler, 10, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1999, talked in 2017 about losing her oldest daughter, Casey Eaton, 34, to a violent crime.
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Cherri West, mother of Pamela Butler, 10, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1999, talked in 2017 about losing her oldest daughter, Casey Eaton, 34, to a violent crime.

A woman found shot to death late Wednesday night in Kansas City, Kan., was identified Thursday as Casey M. Eaton.

Eaton, 34, of Kansas City, Kan., was killed just after 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Kansas Avenue. Police found her dead inside a vehicle.

She was the sister of Pamela Butler, who was 10 when she was kidnapped in 1999 while playing outside her home in Kansas City, Kan. Her body was later found in Grain Valley.

Keith D. Nelson was later prosecuted in federal court and sentenced to death in the case.

Cherri West, Pamela and Eaton’s mother, expressed disbelief in a social media post that she has to bury another daughter.

“I am just totally lost,” West wrote Thursday on Facebook. “I can’t believe it’s true. It truly has to be a nightmare ... I never in my life again would think I would have to live a parent’s worst nightmare of having to be told I lost another daughter to murder.”

West alluded to the agony of losing two children to murder in her post.

“I’ve had to bury my baby girl ... now almost 18 years later ... I’m going to have to (bury) my oldest baby girl,” she wrote.

Detectives are now investigating Eaton’s killing, and anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Eaton has two daughters and two sons as well as one grandchild, according to online posts.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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