Crime

Teenage victims of Overland Park double homicide are identified

Velik L. Henderson
Velik L. Henderson Courtesy of Crystal Booker

Two young men in their late teens were the victims of a Tuesday night double homicide in northern Overland Park, police said Wednesday.

Police identified them as Velik L. Henderson, 18, of Overland Park and Trevon D. Anderson, 19, of Kansas City, Kan.

Police were called to the area of 61st Terrace and Robinson Street just before 10 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of an armed disturbance.

They found Anderson in the street with critical injuries. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died.

Henderson was found dead inside his family’s home on a cul-de-sac in the 7800 block of West 61st Terrace.

The area is just north of Shawnee Mission Parkway and just south of Shawnee Mission North High School.

Police said their investigation encompassed a large area and several crime scenes, and detectives and crime scene technicians remained on the scene Wednesday looking for clues.

“There is a lot of information and evidence to piece through,” said Officer Gary Mason, a police spokesman.

Details about a possible motive or suspects were not released, but Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez said some sort of confrontation preceded the shooting. He also said that police believe there was a connection between the victims and the shooter.

“As far as we can tell, this was not some random act of violence,” he said.

Henderson previously attended Shawnee Mission North and had just graduated from Raytown High School, said his cousin Crystal Booker. He was looking for a job and had plans to attend community college, she said.

“It was a time for celebration,” she said. “And now his life has been snuffed out too soon.”

Getting his diploma was important to Henderson, Booker said.

“He was so proud of himself,” she said. “He loved his family and wanted to make them proud. And we were.”

Henderson is survived by his mother and older sister, who are devastated by what happened, Booker said.

“Something has got to be done to stop the violence,” she said. “Some of these kids don’t have any regard for other people’s lives. They don’t realize the damage they do.”

She said the family needs help paying funeral expenses. A GoFundMe page has been set up at www.gofundme.com/yb45nqg.

Anderson’s mother did not want to comment when reached by phone Wednesday.

According to Kansas Department of Corrections records, Anderson had been released from custody earlier this year after serving time for Wyandotte County convictions on drug and weapons charges.

Booker said she did not know how the two teens knew each other.

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

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