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Mystery surrounds killing of Blue Springs mother of two in Kansas City

Jaclyn Russell Burkhart, 32, died one week after being shot near 39th and Jackson Avenue in Kansas City. She was a mother of two living in Blue Springs.
Jaclyn Russell Burkhart, 32, died one week after being shot near 39th and Jackson Avenue in Kansas City. She was a mother of two living in Blue Springs.

Nearly two weeks after a Blue Springs mother was shot in Kansas City, police say there are no suspects in the case.

The mother, Jaclyn Russell Burkhart, was in the area of 39th and Jackson Avenue when she was wounded by gunfire. She was first rushed to a home in the 3300 block of Jackson Avenue, where Kansas City officers found her, and then taken to a hospital.

She died one week later, police said.

Kari Thompson, a spokeswoman with Kansas City police, said Friday that it is “still unknown why she (Burkhart) was shot or if she was the target.”

Burkhart, 32, was married in 2013 to a man she’d been with for nearly two decades. She and her husband had two children together, according to an obituary posted by the Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home in Odessa.

Burkhart had been working as an office supervisor for Molly Maids in Blue Springs.

She was born in Warrensburg and graduated from Blue Springs High School in 2004.

“In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she enjoyed art, writing books and poems,” her obituary reads.

Condolences to the family can be left at the funeral home’s website.

A visitation is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, at 306 S. 2nd St. in Odessa.

A service is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Anyone with information about Burkhart’s killing is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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