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911 call leads police to double homicide at Independence apartment

An early morning 911 call led police to the scene of a double homicide at an Independence apartment early Thursday.

The call came in about 2:40 a.m., and officers responded to the apartment in the 3500 block of South Lynn Court on the "nature unknown" call, said officer John Syme, a spokesman for the Independence Police Department.

Arriving officers found two deceased men inside. Initially, police were calling the incident a double death investigation. They have since determined that it was a double homicide, Syme said.

Police have taken one person to police headquarters for questioning about the homicides, Syme said.

A neighbor, Renea Williams, said she was friends with the men. She said they were brothers and lived at the apartment for several years.

She didn't hear anything until she woke up about 4 a.m. and saw police trying to comfort a woman behind the apartments.

"They killed my baby," Williams said the woman told police as they tried to calm her down. Eventually, the woman was taken away on a stretcher, Williams said.

Williams said the two brothers were in their late 50s or early 60s. One worked at a nearby fast food restaurant and would bring her food from time to time.

"They were average, nice men," Williams said. "They would go to work and go home. They stayed to themselves mostly, but they were very friendly and welcoming."

Williams said one of the brothers had waved to her Wednesday night while she was standing on her front porch.

"I'm still in shock, I can't believe this happened to someone I knew," she said as she started to break down and cry. "I'm going to miss them really bad."

Members of the Jackson County Prosecutor's office and the Jackson County Medical Examiner's office have been to the apartment. Crime scene investigators continue to collect evidence.

Anyone with information about the double homicide is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (4744).

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