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1 found dead in vehicle after shots reported Saturday night, Kansas City police say

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A 20-year-old man was found dead inside a vehicle after gunfire was heard in a neighborhood late Saturday night, Kansas City police said.

Marquaun Grace was found as officers responded before 10 p.m. to 51st Street and Euclid Avenue to investigate the report of shots heard in the area.

Near the intersection, arriving police officers found a vehicle, which rolled or drove off the roadway into someone’s yard, police said. Officers then found Grace with a fatal gunshot wound.

The death Saturday night marked the 51st homicide reported in the city this year.

Police had no information on a suspect, and were still gathering information on what happened, said Capt. Tim Hernandez, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.

“We’re looking for the public’s help on all of our homicides,” Hernandez said. “It’s all our responsibility to do what we can to look out for our community and to take care of it. A lot of the answers come from the community. They’re the ones that have that final piece of the puzzle to solve these crimes.”

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

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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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