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Slain Kansas City activist's killer set to learn fate

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Nearly four years later, Rashod L. James, the man responsible for the 67-year-old's death, is set to be sentenced. Nearly four years later, Rashod L. James, the man responsible for the 67-year-old's death, is set to be sentenced.
Neighbors near East 12th Street and Michigan Avenue were shocked when they learned Fannie Delia Young was killed inside her own apartment in November 2010. Neighbors near East 12th Street and Michigan Avenue were shocked when they learned Fannie Delia Young was killed inside her own apartment in November 2010.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A man will learn his fate Thursday after pleading guilty to killing a well-known Kansas City community and civil rights activist.

Neighbors near East 12th Street and Michigan Avenue were shocked when they learned Fannie Delia Young was killed inside her own apartment in November 2010.

A maintenance man for the Arzelia Garden Apartments found her body when he checked on her because her mail was stacking up.

Nearly four years later, Rashod L. James, the man responsible for the 67-year-old's death, is set to be sentenced.

"It is gated. It is kind of eerie that she spoke of how safe she felt, and as it turned out she was not safe at all," Cardelia Walker said.

Back in 2010, Walker begged the community to come forward with information about her cousin's killer.

"For me to think that someone actually went into her home and took her life. Our family will never get over it," Walker said.

Family and friends of Young could soon see the man who beat and stabbed her death sentenced to prison.

Police say James, who was 19 at the time, killed Young and left behind his DNA.

"From rage to real sadness. I know I can feel sadness right now," said Rev. Sam Mann, who remembers Young's passion for life and the impact her death had on the community. "She was dearly loved by this community. She was always trying to uplift."

Young inspired minority high school students to pursue careers in medicine. She was very active in the Civil Rights Movement.

"She always had this gorgeous and wonderful joyful smile which could be disarming in the sense that you would think she's just a nice person. But hidden beneath that was a tenacity and perseverance especially for justice for racial justice and economic justice," Mann said.

Mann says he wants justice. He does not believe Young would want revenge.

"My sense of her is that war goes on. We've got to continue on her legacy," Mann said.

James could face 10-30 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge and up to 10 years for an armed criminal action charge.

In January, he plead guilty to both counts. His sentencing is set for 10 a.m.

KCTV5 news is following this case for you and will bring you any updates as they become available.

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