Kansas City Crime Scene: Opioid Crisis Worsens & Murder Testimony

In this collection of local news we take a peek at the ongoing drug crisis across the nation along with community outcry amid the current deadly crime spree . . .

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The DEA is raising the alarm about the increased flow of fentanyl across the country

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), there is an overdose death in the United States every five minutes. A majority of those come at the hands of fentanyl, which the DEA says is flowing across the country at unprecedented levels.Fentanyl is most commonly found in the form of fake prescription pills.

Family mourns 16-year-old gunned down in KCK

The family of a 16-year-old boy is planning his funeral after a fatal shooting in Kansas City, Kansas, last week.Carlos Ambriz Garcia attended Wyandotte High School."He was just a loving kid, a big teddy bear," said Amapola Garcia, Carlos' mother.The teen's family said he loved his family and siblings.

Family still hoping for answers in Kansas City, Kansas mother's 1998 killing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - It's been over two decades, but the family of a Kansas City, Kansas homicide victim is still hoping that her case can be solved. Family members of Christina Ranae King gathered near North 27th Street and Sewell Avenue for a balloon release and prayer vigil Monday evening.

Family and KCK community leaders call for justice after grandmother killed in shooting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - On Christmas Eve, Kansas City, Kansas police say an 85-year-old grandmother was killed in a drive-by shooting while she was sitting at home with her husband. Patricia Panijan was watching TV in the living room when a car drove past her home and senselessly opened fire.

Olathe man charged in November fatal crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An Olathe man was charged with second degree murder Monday in a Nov. 18 crash that killed a motorcyclist. Ruben Rodriguez, 35, was held Monday in the Johnson County Adult Detention Center. A judge set his bond at $250,000.

Mother warns of dangers of pills after losing son to fentanyl overdose

Rebecca Everitt has a warning for parents.She never expected a pain pill could have taken her son's life."Anything I can do to get this out in the open and make aware of how horrible this drug is, I'll do," she told KMBC 9 Investigates.Taylor Everitt, 24, died of a fentanyl overdose in October of 2020.

A sign of hope . . .

Man Arrested in KC Killing After Residents Alerted Police

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man has been arrested in a Kansas City, Missouri, killing after residents came forward to tell police of the man's possible involvement in the crime. The fatal shooting happened Monday evening. The Kansas City Star reports that officers called to the scene found a man fatally shot on the front porch of a home.

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