Father struggles to understand son's murder outside Kansas City, - KCTV5

Father struggles to understand son's murder outside Kansas City, KS laundromat

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Jeffrey Whitmore’s family says he had just gotten off work and wanted to wash his clothes before his next shift. They don't know why three men confronted then shot him as he was carrying his laundry back to his car. (Submitted) Jeffrey Whitmore’s family says he had just gotten off work and wanted to wash his clothes before his next shift. They don't know why three men confronted then shot him as he was carrying his laundry back to his car. (Submitted)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Police on both sides of the state line are dealing with one of the deadliest weekends in recent memory.

Seven murders happened in 48 hours. Three of those killings happened in Kansas City, MO and four in Kansas City, KS.

One of those victims was a 43-year-old man shot and killed after he walked out of a laundromat at 49th Street and Parallel Avenue.

Jeffrey Whitmore’s family says he had just gotten off work and wanted to wash his clothes before his next shift. They don't know why three men confronted then shot him as he was carrying his laundry back to his car.

Whitmore’s brother, Oscar Whitmore drove by the crime scene on his way home Sunday afternoon not realizing what had just happened.

“We saw the yellow tape and everything. I didn't know it was my brother,” he said. “He'd gotten off work that day and went to wash his clothes, that's all we know.”

Whitmore's family says the Schlagle High graduate was a standout athlete.

Kansas court records show that he had several drug and weapons related charges prior to 2011, but his family says, in recent years, he had turned his life around.

“He was a good kid. He was working every day,” Whitmore’s father, Joseph Whitmore, said.

He says his son drove a truck for a fruit distributor and had started attending a nearby church.

“It didn’t make no sense to me. I don't know why anyone has to run around with guns. It's just bad,” he said.

Whitmore's father is struggling to understand why his son was murdered. His family hopes police can catch the men responsible.

“I wish they'd get them. It doesn't make sense. I don't know why it had to happen to him,” Joseph Whitmore said.

Police have not said whether Jeffrey Whitmore knew the people who killed him.

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