The two victims of a double homicide last weekend in Kansas City were bus drivers at Kansas City International Airport who were very outgoing and friendly people, a friend said.
“They were two phenomenal individuals,” said co-worker Shakainda Walker.
Marva L. Amrine, 53, and Terrell K. Nance, 64, both of Kansas City, were identified as the two shot to death early Saturday. Police found the victims while responding to reports of shots being fired around 4 a.m. in the 3800 block of Park Avenue.
“Marva just had this laugh that when you heard her laugh, you couldn’t help but laugh with her,” Walker said. “Terrell was the biggest joker.”
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While both victims were bus drivers at KCI, Amrine worked for the Kansas City Aviation Department. Nance had recently retired from the department but was working for another company.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to their friends and family,” spokesman Joe McBride said in a statement.
Walker had worked with them for about eight years. She met them when she first started and recalled them as being very welcoming and genuinely nice people.
“They were like family to a lot of us — off the clock too,” she said. “We would get together and relax and have a good time.”
When Walker and her co-workers heard that Amrine and Nance had been victims of the shooting, they were in shock all day Saturday. The mood Sunday among the drivers was very quiet and somber, she said. Walker said she broke down.
“We drove the red buses together for a long time,” Walker said of Nance and then added that there are only two of them. “Seeing that other red bus and knowing he (Nance) will never be on it again is a shock.”
Police said they found more than 20 shell casings near the silver Fiat in which Amrine and Nance were discovered. The car’s doors were open when officers arrived.
Amrine and Nance were shot at close range.
Police said they were looking for a newer model black Jeep Wrangler-type vehicle with a black spare tire and silver rim on the back. The license plate information was unknown. At least two people were believed to have been inside the SUV.
Police asked that anyone with information about the SUV or the homicides call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Police were trying to determine whether the homicides were related to a double shooting that occurred Thursday night in the same neighborhood.
In that incident, a 28-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl suffered injuries that were not life-threatening in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting.
Witnesses told police that a black Lincoln Navigator circled the block and pulled up in front of the residence. Someone fired rounds from an assault rifle, hitting both victims. The SUV then sped away, heading north on Park.
The shooting deaths of Amrine and Nance are the city’s 42nd and 43rd homicides of the year. The Kansas City area has seen 68 homicides so far this year.