Killa City: Raytown police seeking tips in quadruple homicide
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Alvin Brooks pleaded with the public today for tips that will help solve the Raytown quadruple homicide. The bodies of 21-year-old Precious Triplett, 33-year-old Andre D. Jones, 10-year-old Amir Clemons and 7-year-old Gerard Clemons were discovered in an apartment near 61st Street and Raytown Road in March.
“Here we are with
two children almost babies 7 and 10 in addition to two adults who were
brutally murdered,” Brooks said. “I know that none of us could imagine how this father
must have felt when he went in and found his sons as well as his
sister-in-law and his sister-in-law’s friend brutally murdered.”
Congressman Cleaver talked about presiding over the funeral of the little boys.
“I have never stood in the pulpit of a church and looked over into the
casket of two young children who have been brutally murdered,” Cleaver
said. “I don’t know if my seminary training had been sufficient to
allow a detachment of that experience. We’re trained that we cannot
become so emotionally involved when we do funerals that it begins to
alter who we are. That funeral has altered who I am. … It is
something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.”
Cleaver also made an emotional plea to family members of the murderer to come forward.
Cleaver said he wants to bring closure to the family “who must be
experiencing excruciating pain at the death of two little boys, two
little boys who could have grown up to be scientists or great
statesmen. We have no idea what they could have been. We’ll never know
because someone snatched their lives from them just shortly after they
got out of the crib. These are babies.”
Anyone with tips is encouraged to call 816-474-8477.