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Court documents suggest ties in recent Overland Park homicides to other crimes

Court records indicate two recent killings in Overland Park may be connected to other crimes allegedly committed by victims’ family members.
Court records indicate two recent killings in Overland Park may be connected to other crimes allegedly committed by victims’ family members. KRT

Relatives of two recent homicide victims in Overland Park face charges in other crimes that may be tied to those killings.

The mother of a teenager shot to death June 30 is accused of selling drugs from the same duplex where her 18-year-old son was killed during an attempted robbery.

And the teenage son of another woman — killed on the same block a week later — faces robbery charges in Wyandotte County.

He was on house arrest, staying at her duplex at the time, and may have been the intended victim of the shooting that also wounded his 11-year-old sister, according to Wyandotte County court records.

Then last Saturday, relatives of the slain Overland Park woman were targeted in a Kansas City, Kan., drive-by shooting that wounded her 5-year-old niece.

Police believe all of the crimes are related, although they have declined to provide details beyond what is contained in court documents.

The string of shootings began June 30 when police were called to the 7800 block of West 61st Street and found Velik Henderson dead inside the duplex where he lived with his mother, Luvera Miller.

Another young man, 19-year-old Trevon Anderson of Kansas City, Kan., was found wounded in the street. He died later at a hospital.

Relatives of Henderson said he was “set up” by several other teens who attempted to rob him. Henderson returned fire before he was killed, according to his family.

That scenario is corroborated by allegations made against another 18-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man who is now charged with killing Henderson.

The complaint filed against Donell Cortez Preston in Johnson County District Court alleges he was armed with a gun when he went to Henderson’s home with the intent to commit a robbery.

Preston is charged with felony first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery and is being held in the Johnson County jail on a $2 million bond.

While investigating the double homicide, Overland Park police recovered marijuana, a scale and baggies that led to drug charges against Henderson’s mother, Miller.

She is charged in Johnson County District Court with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is set at $250,000. She is also in the Johnson County jail.

Six days after Henderson and Anderson were killed, someone sprayed gunfire into a duplex on the same Overland Park block, killing 36-year-old Quaushey L. Harris and wounding her daughter.

Harris’ teenage son was charged in early June with aggravated robbery, but he was released on house arrest on June 12.

After the shooting that killed his mother, he was taken back into juvenile custody. A court hearing three days later revealed that her killing was allegedly gang-related and that her son was the intended target, according to the records.

Because of his mother’s death, a judge determined that he no longer had a guardian to supervise his house arrest and he was ordered detained “as a danger to himself and others.”

The second teen charged with aggravated robbery in the Wyandotte County case with Harris’ son was also ordered detained as a “danger to the community.” Court records indicate that there were pictures of him holding a gun on Facebook. That teen is Facebook friends with Preston.

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