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Father asks for answers after daughter killed, set on fire

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The family of a woman who was killed and set on fire is speaking out and has a message for the killer.

It was truly a heinous crime, and it is still unsolved. So the victim's father is stepping forward asking for help to find who killed his daughter.

Staring at the pictures of murder victims posted inside the AdHoc Group Against Crime has new meaning for Arthur Hooks.

His daughter, Andrea Shields, just joined the ranks of Kansas City's unsolved homicides.

"It was a brutal killing, and she didn't deserve it," Arthur Hooks said.

Last Monday, investigators followed a tip to East 19th Street and Brooklyn Avenue where they found someone had set Shields' body on fire.  It took days to identify her and find her family.

"Me and her little son had to give DNA because she was messed up so bad, to really know that was her," Hooks said.

It was almost too much for a father to bear.

"I'm handling it because I say my prayers, and I ask God to give me strength," Hooks said.

And he is asking for one more thing.

"Whoever did this, you hurt her kids, you hurt her father," Hooks said.  "I'm hoping that they come forward or somebody tells a story of who did it."

For now, the family will tell the story of Shields, remembering who she was, not just how she died.

"My daughter, even though she was out in the streets, she wasn't a bad person, she had a loving heart,"  Hooks said.

Two days before she died, Shields told her dad she wanted to get out of town and start over.  But she wouldn't say if there was something wrong.

AdHoc is holding a vigil for her at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the scene where her body was found.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS.

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