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KC man, killed at home in unsolved shooting, leaves behind three children

Relatives talk about Richard Cushingberry during a vigil

Richard Cushingberry's mother and sister talk about the father of three's unsolved homicide.
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Richard Cushingberry's mother and sister talk about the father of three's unsolved homicide.

Richard Cushingberry answered a knock at his door Monday night only to be shot and killed.

He left behind three children, ages 7, 9 and almost 10, and a lot of grieving relatives who gathered on the lawn of his Kansas City home Friday wondering who killed the fun-loving man they knew as “Richie.”

Police are investigating Cushingberry’s death. Officers were called to his home in the 5000 block of Fairway Drive shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. Family members said Cushingberry was shot four times in the chest just as he opened his front door. He was taken to a hospital and died early Tuesday.

Family members said they didn’t know what could have led to the shooting. Cushingberry, 30, had been working at a warehouse but in recent weeks stayed home with an injured back.

His best hours were spent playing video games online with his older son, who lives in Arkansas, said Cushingberry’s sister, Latoya Traylor.

At the vigil Friday, family members wore T-shirts printed with Cushingberry’s photo, choosing blue for the shirts, balloons and other decorations because it was his favorite color and because he was a big fan of the Kansas City Royals.

Cushingberry was a big kid at heart, Traylor said. “I used to call him my baby brother, even though he was older than me,” she said. “I’m going to miss my best friend.”

After attending Westport High School, Cushingberry graduated from DeLaSalle Education Center. On Friday, relatives remembered Cushingberry as quiet — yet sometimes mischievous — in childhood. As he grew up, he could invariably be found in the kitchen, either seeking out a pot of beans cooked by his grandmother or fixing some noodles for his younger siblings.

In adulthood, he was a man who took care of his appearance and liked to keep his house in good order.

Now his killing is unsolved, and his children are asking questions, said Cushingberry’s mother, Doris Jones.

“We don’t understand why this happened,” Jones said. “I just want whoever’s done this to be caught.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the homicide to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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