KANSAS CITY FACT OF LIFE: THE GIRLFRIENDS OF DRUG DEALERS GET KILLED TOO!!!
I've been tiptoeing around this story for years but I'm almost thankful that the truth about the Raya/Rios murders is beginning to emerge.
Relatives found Rios and Raya dead of multiple gunshot wounds in their home in the 5100 block of Hardesty Avenue on Dec. 21, 2002. Investigators contend that Dale killed the couple after Johnson arranged to purchase drugs from Rios.Obviously this news puts a damper on the couple being portrayed as martyrs in the mainstream media. The fact is, with a huge stash of drugs like that in their home, BOTH members of the household would have went to jail if they were discovered by authorities had not two street level killers intervened first.
Raya died as she sat on a couch writing thank-you cards for graduation presents, said Kathleen Mahoney, assistant U.S. attorney.
'She still had a pen in her hand,' Mahoney said. 'She had just graduated from Rockhurst University.'
Rios worked rehabilitating houses, which served as a cover for his real business, selling drugs, Mahoney said. Even after the killers had left, investigators recovered more than 14 pounds of marijuana and 3 pounds of cocaine from the couple's home.
Of course, Rios didn't get his nickname "Snap" for nothing and his quick temper and inexplicable supply of cash couldn't have went unnoticed by anyone close to him given that I'd heard the rumors and I didn't talk to the guy for years before he was killed.
However, in the end, questions regarding complicity or media coverage aren't important because the couple is dead regardless of what story the public consumes. Brief aside: When I was a kid I used to have this perfect "Drugs are bad" essay that would automatically guarantee a B . . . I guess this is the grown up version of that same routine . . . Still, (as long as the killers end up in jail) the decision in this trial doesn't matter much to the community at large and even the tragic fate of Rios and Raya should only serve to remind Kansas Citians that the impact of violence and the drug trade doesn't stop with users and dealers but often has unmentioned victims like the many grief stricken people who mourned the death of the couple but ultimately sacrificed the truth by failing to note the circumstances surrounding their demise.
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