Police: Road rage a possibility in death of Belton man - KCTV5

Police: Road rage a possibility in death of Belton man

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Police say two vehicles were involved in the homicide, which happened in the area of Prospect and 150 Highway.  (KCTV5) Police say two vehicles were involved in the homicide, which happened in the area of Prospect and 150 Highway.  (KCTV5)
BELTON, MO (KCTV) -

The Metro Squad was assembled Wednesday morning to investigate a Belton man's murder.

Benjamin Friend, 37, was shot and killed about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Prospect Avenue and Missouri Highway 150.

A family friend says Benjamin Friend was on his way home from work to pick up two of his children when someone shot and killed him.

Those who loved him want his killer caught. 

"He was getting ready to pick up his son and daughter to take them to their after school activities that they have going on," said Boyce Carson, a family friend.

The father's usual route turned deadly when a man shot at his van. Friends are relieved the children were not with him.

Carson has known Friend since he was born. He grew up with Benjamin's mother. 

"An excellent young man," Carson said. "A hard working father of three children. Just had everything going for him. The world by the tail. He just had a brand new baby two months ago I believe." 

Authorities are requesting anyone who might have seen anything suspicious on Hwy. 150 between Missouri Highway 291 and Prospect Avenue between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. to contact them at 816-348-4470 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. They say to call authorities if you know anyone who matches the description and has not been around in two days, or also has a new car. 

They are specifically requesting information regarding a newer model red sports coupe with black rims, tinted windows and a loud exhaust, and a white work van with a ladder rack and ladder on top. Authorities are trying to provide a picture of the suspect vehicle. 

Belton police are investigating the possibility of road rage. 

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