KC homicide victim was grandmother of seven

When the shooting started, Jossette Beeks tried to run away.

But the 46-year-old grandmother of seven didn’t make it.

She was fatally shot the night of May 3 near Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue by a gunman apparently aiming at someone else, said her daughter, Antonya Beeks.

“I’m irritated and angry about that,” she said. “I don’t understand why somebody would shoot into a group of people.”

Jossette Beeks had recently moved back to Kansas City from Omaha, where she had lived for about two years, her daughter said.

She apparently was talking with some people she had met recently before the shooting occurred.

“We didn’t know those people,” Antonya Beeks said.

Since her mother’s death, Antonya Beeks has learned that gunman had some kind of previous altercation with someone in that group.

“She didn’t deserve that,” Beeks said. “She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Jossette Beeks was one of 12 children, including a twin brother who died in 2012. Antonya Beeks was her oldest child. She also had two teenage sons.

Though Jossette Beeks had struggled in the past with alcohol, she was a kind and giving person, Antonya Beeks said.

“She was the sweetest lady you could ever meet,” Antonya Beeks said. “We’re all hurt.”

Detectives are following leads, and Antonya Beeks said the family is hopeful the killing will be solved.

Police ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.