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Officers honored for catching prostitute killer

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kearney and Kansas City officers were honored this week for their role in apprehending a man who killed two prostitutes.

The officers and detectives apprehended Derek Richardson, who confessed to killing Tamara Sparks and Nicoleone Reed. Richardson killed himself in jail shortly after he was arrested.

The officers were surprised when Reed's brother, Nicholas Reed, presented the awards to the officers at Thursday night's ceremony.

Nicholas Reed said he appreciated how hard the officers and detectives fought for justice for his sister.

"It was hard not to figure that you know, 'Hey, she's a prostitute. She's a drug addict. They're not going to care.' But they did and I'm really thankful for it," he said.

Nicoleone Reed was found dead in Kearney in August 2012 where Richardson had dumped her body. Sparks was found in the Northland off a highway in 2011.

Investigators say Richardson was obsessed with serial killers and targeted prostitutes.

"It meant a lot to know that all the hard work finally paid off," Nicholas Reed said.

The officers said gratitude from family members helps know they served a purpose.

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