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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Third homicide victim linked to Thanksgiving slayings in Kansas City

Christine Vendel has much more detail about the fatal shooting on Thanksgiving near 66th and Bellefontaine. Police got into a shootout with suspect Jerry Petty, fatally wounding him, and found two women -- Petty's wife, Loretta, and her goddaughter, Deja Davis -- dead inside the house.

Police now think that Jerry Petty also killed a third woman:

The third woman, Denise Hall, was found shot to death in the 2900 block of East 69th Street on Saturday afternoon — at least two days after police think she was killed. Police said Hall, 56, was an acquaintance of Petty.

The working theory is that Hall was killed during a robbery, that Jerry Petty was trying to get money for crack.

I helped write the story, so I'm a little biased, but you might be interested in reading the whole piece. Loretta Petty was a recovering alcoholic, sober for 20 years, who had not only changed her own life, but helped a huge number of other addicts get clean.

And Deja Davis -- what a tragedy. We've lost a lot of bright, young people to homicides this year.

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