KC reporters jockey for story of slain Cass County teen Katie Rios

Cass County authorities say 14-year-old Katie Rios was killed in rural Cass County Thursday, and a teenage relative is in custody.

That’s about all we know. Police are still waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine Rios’ cause of death.

In the meantime, a new Facebook page, titled “In Loving Memory of Katie Rios,” already has 695 fans.

Among those circling like vultures leaving their “condolences” are several prominent Kansas City reporters.

Fox 4’s Tess Koppelman writes:

Such a tragic loss… she was so young. My thoughts are with all her friends and family.

If anyone who is friends with Katie would like to speak to us at Fox 4 News, to tell us more about her and her life, please message me (I’m a reporter) or call our assignment desk at 816-932-9201

From KCTV 5’s Kelly Hicks, who was apparently doing Eric Chaloux‘ dirty work:

To the Friends and Family of Katie Rios—-You are in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with this unspeakable tragedy. If anyone would like to share memories of Katie, we would love to hear from you. You can reach our reporter Eric Chaloux at EChaloux@kctv5.com. You can also contact our news desk at NewsDesk@kctv5.com

From Ashley Freburg at the Cass County Democrat:

The staff of the Cass County Democrat would like to send our deepest condolences to all of those touched by this tragedy. We cannot imagine what Katie’s family and friends must be going through. We want to learn more about what Katie was like in life. If anyone is willing to share, contact us at afischer@demo-mo.com o…r stop by our office. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

At least KSHB Channel 41’s Russ Ptacek was straight up with what he wanted:

I’m a reporter working on a story about her for tonights news. Please message me your number if you have memories you want to share.

*Tess Koppelman’s name was misspelled in the original entry.

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