KC shooting victim was fledgling rapper set to perform days after slaying

Craig Dydell was going to meet someone the night he was killed, his sister said.
Craig Dydell was going to meet someone the night he was killed, his sister said. Courtesy of the family

Craig S. Dydell’s fledgling rap group Bad Habits had recently developed a strong following.

The group, which specialized in dance and house music, performed throughout Kansas City and at various community events.

Relatives said Dydell, of Kansas City, and his group were scheduled to perform last weekend before tragedy struck. The 28-year-old father was found shot to death Aug. 10 in the 4000 block of Olive Street.

Police were called to the neighborhood just before 7 p.m. and found Dydell sprawled in a grassy area near the sidewalk with several gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

Dydell was the city’s 65th homicide of the year.

“We live in a self-righteous world where we only worry about what we want and what we do,” his mother, Jessica Dydell, said Thursday. “We don’t care who we upset or how it affects other people.”

Craig Dydell was the oldest of her six children and had a identical twin brother.

The fatal shooting has puzzled family members.

“People don’t realize that it is like throwing a stone into a river,” Jessica Dydell said. “Once it hits, it hits and it bounces from one person to the next. It is going to affect several different people and in several different ways, and sometimes that effect can come back to you.”

Craig Dydell grew up in Kansas City and attended Van Horn High School. He transferred to Central High School just before his senior year. Dydell had grown tired of always being identified with his twin brother, Gregg, and wanted to branch out on his own, his mother said.

After graduation, Dydell studied art at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

He called himself “Chop Suey,” but relatives and friends called him Nu Nu or Noodles. The nickname was derived from a song that his mother sang to Dydell and his twin brother when they were in diapers.

Dydell was the father of a 1-year-old girl, Kayla. The family set up a GoFundMe account to cover expenses for the funeral and for Dydell’s daughter.

In recent years, Dydell formed the rap group Bad Habits with several friends and his brothers, Markus Rock and Gregg.

“The message was for us to enjoy ourselves, have fun with our friends and our family,” his sister, Katalina Dydell, said. “He made everybody happy. He was the goofy one. It got on our nerves sometimes, but now we all are missing that.”

His surviving brothers recently wrote a song in tribute to Dydell, Katalina Dydell said.

“He meant the world to us,” she said.

Katalina Dydell said her brother was going to meet someone the night of the shooting. He was on the phone with his twin brother when the shooting occurred.

“For us to have this type of tragedy happen in our family, it has broken everybody,” she said. “We don’t know how to keep going, but we are taking everything day by day.

“We have our faith in God and just keep going, but we are now missing a part of us,” Katalina Dydell said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar