As Kansas City police continue to investigate a triple homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning, more details have emerged about the three men killed.
Police have identified the men as Cortez Hanley, 28; Chad Cain, 28; and Kevin Murrell, 34, all of Kansas City
The three were shot to death about 1 a.m. while sitting in a car outside a home in the 7100 block of Monroe Avenue.
Police had made no arrests and had no suspect information to release Thursday. Details of the shooting have not been released.
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Each of the men were known to police and had been in trouble with the law at times. In the wake of the shootings, some residents in their neighborhoods said they feared a cycle of retaliatory violence.
Hanley had been released from federal prison in March 2016 after being sentenced to 30 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to federal court documents. In 2012, he had allegedly tossed away a handgun while fleeing police seeking to arrest him on a warrant. Investigators linked him to the gun with DNA evidence.
At age 17, Hanley had been wounded in a drive-by shooting that police linked to a series of tit-for-tat shootings.
At the time, Hanley was facing two counts of second-degree murder and a burglary charge stemming from an alleged failed home invasion in which two of his friends were shot and killed by a homeowner. According to police, Hanley and the two friends had broken into the home to steal money and marijuana — Hanley escaped being shot by hiding in a closet until police arrived.
Hanley was also known in Kansas City as a rapper who went by the names Sauce Money and Duck Sauce.
His mother, Michelle Miller, on Wednesday told the local television station KCTV5 that Hanley was shot from behind. She had seen him the day before, when he stopped by her home to pick up some music equipment.
“I just want to say, whoever did this: justice will be served,” Miller said.
During an interview posted online last year, Hanley discussed the dangers of his lifestyle.
“Keep a low profile,” he said. “It’s the only way you’re going to survive. You can’t mix and mingle with these [guys] too long, because it’s only going to be a matter of time before one of these clowns catch you.”
When Chad “Mike” Cain was killed, he was on probation for drug and gun charges and was supposed to be working on getting his high school equivalency diploma.
He had spent 120 days of “shock time” in prison after pleading guilty in Jackson County last year to dealing drugs and possessing a weapon while doing so. He had been arrested with more than 700 grams of marijuana in gallon-sized plastic bags and Glock handgun.
The judge suspended the execution of the concurrent 5-year and 4-year sentences but placed Cain on probation for five years. He was ordered to get treatment for substance abuse and under go random drug tests while working for his GED.
Cain was released from custody on Dec. 3 last year. Barely six months later he was gunned down in the dark as he sat in a car with Hanley and Murrell on Monroe Avenue.
“This street is a pretty decent street, except down at that duplex,” said Laverne Mason, who lives a few houses away. “I’ve seen a bunch of people coming and going, young people. I don’t know what goes on down there in that place.”
Mason said the shots she heard that night were unlike any she has ever heard.
“We have all been frightened out of our wits,” she said. “Very unusual. Very frightening.”
In court documents, Cain’s address is listed in the 2300 block of East 60th Street. On Thursday, a woman answered a phone number associated with that address.
“I was informed not to talk to the reporters, thanks for calling,” she said. When asked who had informed her, she said “Goodbye” and hung up.
A man sweeping the curb outside his home on the same street expressed anger about crime in the black community and what he sees as white indifference.
“I don’t know what Mike did personally,” said Yashar Gabar. “I just know he’s dead. And it’s going to be the same story with a lot of so-called African-Americans around here. We all have the same story, we all have the same hurt... What’s going to get done about it?”
Kevin Murrell had several previous municipal misdemeanor convictions that included carry a concealed weapon and assault.