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Two men charged in UMKC student's murder

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Anthony J. Williams, 21, and Alonzo D. Ruff, 20, (left) each face 10 felony charges, including second-degree murder, armed criminal action and assault. Anthony J. Williams, 21, and Alonzo D. Ruff, 20, (left) each face 10 felony charges, including second-degree murder, armed criminal action and assault.
According to police, the two men entered a house near 49th Street and Brookside Boulevard in the South Plaza neighborhood about 11 p.m. last Thursday. According to police, the two men entered a house near 49th Street and Brookside Boulevard in the South Plaza neighborhood about 11 p.m. last Thursday.
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Prosecutors say two suspects got away with $400, a few cell phones and a small amount of marijuana after killing a UMKC student and left three others wounded.

Anthony J. Williams, 21, and Alonzo D. Ruff, 20, each face 10 felony charges, including second-degree murder, armed criminal action and assault.

The two men are accused of killing 23-year-old Aaron Markarian and injuring three others. The two face 10 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Armed with a handgun and machete, the two men burst into the home and terrified the eight residents inside, according to prosecutors. One of the victims told police that he knew Ruff from high school.

That victim apparently had the small amount of marijuana, according to court documents. He was not shot.

According to police, the two men entered the house near 49th Street and Brookside Boulevard in the South Plaza neighborhood about 11 p.m. last Thursday.

According to court records, Ruff was holding a gun and Williams wore a red mask and carried a machete. Williams held the machete to the neck of the victim that Ruff knew.

The suspects ordered seven of those inside the home to sit on the couch. The eighth person inside the home hid in a bedroom, police said. The two suspects said, "They were going to take everything," according to documents.

The victims turned over their wallets and smart phones. That is when Williams allegedly put the machete to the one victim's neck and asked for "the rest of the stuff." The victim told police he handed over a baggie containing a gram of marijuana.

The suspects appeared to be leaving when Ruff began shooting, prosecutors said. Ruff fired at least five shots as he walked past the couch and out the door into the night, according to court documents.

Markarian, of Warrensburg, MO, died at the scene. He was a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance. He had a promising career and had been featured in various publications.

Williams told police he and Ruff were driving around talking about finding a place to rob, according to court documents.

Williams allegedly confessed to participating in the crime. He told police that he wore a ski mask because he knew some of those inside the residence, according to court records.

Williams said he and Ruff split the $400.

The seven people who saw Ruff picked him out of a photo lineup, according to court documents.

Prosecutors requested a $500,000 cash bond for each defendant.

UMKC issued a statement about the charges.

"We are grateful for the quick action by the Kansas City Police Department on this shocking crime. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Aaron Markarian, who we continue to mourn, and with the other members of the community affected by this tragedy," the statement says.

Those who knew Markarian remain devastated that he was killed, especially in such a senseless fashion.

"He was really sweet and nice," said classmate Savannah Etter. "It's awful."

That arrests have been made gave some relief.

"That's the scary part, they didn't even take that much from what I've heard. That's so sad they would shoot them," neighbor Taylor Hirlinger said.

Another neighbor, Spencer White, concurred.

"It baffles me to think people could do that to other people," White said.

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