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Friends and family say goodbye to UMKC student shot and killed

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A memorial service was held Saturday in Lee's Summit for a college student shot and killed by men who entered the home he shared with friends, fired shots and ran off with some money and other items.

Friends and family of Aaron Markarian gathered at Lee's Summit Community of Christ Church, located at Northeast Independence Avenue and Northeast Tudor Road, to say goodbye to the 23-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance student.

He was killed the night of Thursday, March 21, when two men, one armed with a handgun and the other with a machete, burst into the home he lived in near 49th Street and Brookside Boulevard in the South Plaza neighborhood. The men got money, smart phones and a small amount of marijuana from the victims and, while leaving, began shooting.

Markarian, of Warrensburg, MO, died at the scene. The senior had a promising career and had been featured in various publications. A professor said only days before he gave a wonderful performance at the Opera at the Conservatory.

Three others were also injured in the shooting.

Earlier in the week, Jackson County prosecutors charged two men in connection with the case.

His family issued a statement thanking everyone for their support.

"We wish to thank everyone who has shared their thoughts and prayers with our family. They have been, and will be, a great comfort to us in our time of need. Our hearts go out to Aaron's friends and the other families affected by the events of last Thursday. As everyone who met Aaron knew, he was special, he was unique, and we will love him and miss him to the end of our days."

"The mother of one of the alleged assailants has come forward and our thoughts go out to her, as we understand that everyone connected to the events of last Thursday is suffering right now."

Following the service, Markarian's family then headed to a cemetery in Odessa, MO.

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