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Police on Sunday went to KC home on suicide report; now they consider it a homicide

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The death of a 25-year-old man found dead Sunday afternoon in a Kansas City apartment is now being investigated as a homicide, police said Thursday.

Police were called to 9804 Hedges Avenue on the report of a “dead body/suicide.” Officers there met the parents of Jacob Skowronski, who told officers they had stopped by to drop off laundry and found the door unlocked. The parents found their son on the floor.

Police found Skowronski with his hands underneath him and a pool of blood next to his head.

Police have no suspects in custody. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

According to an online obituary, Skowronski grew up in Lee’s Summit and graduated in 2010 from Lee’s Summit West High School.

“He was an avid reader, a lifelong learner, and passionate about math, science, debate, and nature,” the obituary said. “He enjoyed playing many sports growing up, but his passion was music — playing, writing, and creating music of all genres.

“Jacob had many interests and special gifts, but above all he appreciated the beauty in everything, and was filled with extraordinary kindness and compassion for his family and friends,” the obituary continued.

Mike Madden became close friends with Skowronski when they were students at the University of Missouri-Columbia and part of a “very tight, close group of friends” who loved music and great conversation, he said.

“He was such an amazing person,” Madden said. “He was a very, very smart guy. We had a lot of intelligent conversations about politics, science, history…”

Visitation is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Summit Church/Lee’s Summit United Methodist, 114 S.E. Douglas St. in Lee’s Summit. Services will follow at 1 p.m.

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC

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