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KC father of 4 was shot in double homicide. Family asks for help solving it

Family releases balloons for KC homicide victim Michael Lee Scott

Family members and friends of 32-year-old Michael Lee Scott gathered on Saturday, March 16, 2019 and released dozens of balloons across the street from the Norton Avenue home in Kansas City where Scott and 21-year-old Ja’Sean Rice were found dead.
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Family members and friends of 32-year-old Michael Lee Scott gathered on Saturday, March 16, 2019 and released dozens of balloons across the street from the Norton Avenue home in Kansas City where Scott and 21-year-old Ja’Sean Rice were found dead.

The last time Joetta Myers saw her brother was right before his birthday, Feb. 4.

He went out for the special occasion, she said, and spent time with his children. He got a pedicure.

Michael Lee Scott had turned 32 — just less than a year younger than his sister, Myers, who will turn 33 this month.

But Saturday was no belated birthday celebration.

Family members and friends, clutching blue, white and silver balloons, gathered across the street from Scott’s Kansas City home where he and 21-year-old Ja’Sean C. Rice had been gunned down.

Their bodies were found about 2:20 p.m. on March 11 after police were called to Scott’s home in the 3500 block of Norton Avenue for a welfare check. Police said the victims had gunshot wounds.

No arrests have been announced by police since the killing.

Myers, who came to Kansas City this week from St. Charles after Scott’s death, said her brother worked at the Georgia-Pacific warehouse and was a dedicated father, taking care of four children ranging in age from 8 months to 15 years old.

Damon Daniel, president of AdHoc Group Against Crime, led a prayer for Scott’s family and friends Saturday before the crowd released dozens of balloons in honor of the victims.

As of Sunday, Kansas City counted 30 homicides so far this year.

Few details are available about the killing of Scott and Rice, but Myers said her family is urging anyone with information to “speak up.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline anonymously at 816-474-8477.

Fliers distributed at Saturday’s vigil said anyone with information could also call the AdHoc Community Hotline at 816-753-1111. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

“Keep his memory alive through (Scott’s) kids,” Myers said of her brother. “We just need to do it for his kids.”

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.


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