Two Kansas City men have been charged in the shooting death Wednesday night of a barber in a Troost Avenue shop, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday.
A release from Baker's office said Georgio White, 19, and David Waters, 22, each face charges of murder in the second degree, attempted robbery in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action. Robbery is the alleged motive.
A cousin of the victim, Joseph Jackson, is devastated that authorities say greed led to the slaying.
"Things will never be that bad where you have to take another person's life," said Brenda Goff. "He should not be dead. . . . It wasn't enough to take his money you had to take his life too."
According to court records filed Friday, police arrived Wednesday evening at Barbershop 67 in the 3400 block of Troost Avenue and found Jackson, 53, bleeding on the shop floor. Blood, money, spent bullets and shell casings were on the flood.
Court documents say video cameras at an area business led police to a nearby apartment building, where they followed apparent blood drops to an upstairs apartment. Cameras also captured the men attempting to use cleaner to wipe away their blood traces.
Picked up later by police, according to court records, White told them he and Waters waited until they believed the last customer had left the shop, then walked in and asked about a haircut. The release said White then asked Jackson for his money. After Jackson pulled money out of his pocket, he grabbed White's left arm. White pulled a gun and shot Jackson, shooting himself in the arm as well. When White was picked up, he had a gunshot wound in his left forearm.
Prosecutors have requested a $250,000 cash bond for each defendant.
Goff told KCTV5 that Jackson worked as a barber to care for his mentally disabled brother.She said "it's crazy" that Kansas City is filled with so "many blood thirsty people."
"It's just a waste of life. A waste of human life in this city," Goff said. "We've got to do something."
To read previous coverage on the shooting at Barbershop 67 and to hear from the shop's owner, click here.
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