16-year-old one of two found dead in home after burglary call - KCTV5

16-year-old one of two found dead in home after burglary call

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A 16-year-old girl who came to a house on the 6700 block of Bellefontaine Thursday night to simply visit her godmother was found dead. Her family hadn't heard from her and they were worried sick.

Late Friday afternoon, police confirmed the awful news that the teen was among three people killed.

"She (Patricia's cousin) believes her daughter was in this house and she believes her daughter was one of the victims who was murdered," said Patricia Brooks.

Brooks came to 6655 Bellefontaine in Kansas City, MO, Friday morning when she learned her cousin's 16-year-old daughter, De'ja Davis, may be one of the two victims who were found shot to death inside the home. She said Davis was on the honor roll and was never in any kind of trouble – she had simply come by the house to help her godmother fix Thanksgiving dinner.

"She was getting ready to pay for a class ring and announcements. We have this picture of her, and she was a bubbly teenager and loved her family," said Brooks of the Ruskin High School student. "Another innocent life was taken."

When Davis' family hadn't heard from her, her brother showed up Thursday night to check on the two. When he arrived, he discovered a broken window and called police about a possible intruder. When officers arrived just before 10 p.m., they said a man opened fire at them. Officers shot back and hit the suspect, identified Saturday afternoon as Jerry Petty.

Petty died from his injuries. No officers were hurt.

While tactical units were securing the address of the burglary report, they found Davis and her godmother Loretta Petty, 69, dead inside the house.

Neighbor Alan Daniels said Loretta and Jerry lived in the house for a year and a half and never drew attention.

"They kept to themselves. They'd go to work, come back home. On the weekend they were always at home and they were friendly neighbors," said Daniels.

Former councilwoman Mary Williams-Neal knew the family. She was devastated to hear this latest murder hit so close to home. She said just last week she was talking to the mayor's office about what can be done to stop the violent trend the city has been facing the last couple of weeks.

"I'm very concerned. I have 11 grandchildren and three children. I'm a community activist. I love this city and we deserve a safe place to be," said Williams-Neal.

Williams-Neal knows Jerry, the owner of the home where the shooting took place, and had been trying to reach him. Friday, before she heard the positive identification from police, she feared he could be the man killed by police. 

"He was a maintenance man and picks up Harvesters food for the homeless. He works with the youth," she said.

Brooks said Davis' brother called Jerry immediately about a possible intruder in the house and his reaction seemed off.  She too worried Friday he may have been involved in the crime. 

"I think that's strange because if your spouse was murdered you would say, ‘I will call police and I'm on my way' and he hasn't shown up. That's crazy," said Brooks.

Police found a woman inside the home when they discovered the bodies and she was taken into custody Thursday night.  Police said the woman arrested has since been released and will not be charged. 

The officer involved in the shooting is on paid leave, which is standard procedure as the investigation continues.

Honor roll student among 3 killed

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