District attorneys believe a Missouri female charged with murdering a male wanted to avenge her teenage brother’s recent killing.
Tityana Coppage, 21, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the deadly shooting of 36- year-old Keith Lars in Kansas City, the Jackson County prosecutor’s office said.
The shooting happened in a car park at around midday on Wednesday.
According to a probable cause statement, Coppage told investigators that her family thought Lars was involved in the death of her 16- year-old bro, Jayson Ugwuh Jr., earlier this month.
Kansas City authorities discovered Lars in the back of a gray Toyota near Virginia Opportunity and Admiral Boulevard, however authorities identified that the shooting had actually occurred near the 500 block of Benton Boulevard. They found 23 shell casings of 2 various types near the location.
Coppage informed authorities that she knew Lars would be near Self-reliance Avenue and Benton Boulevard.
She said she met him there and followed him to a close-by parking lot. She stated after they showed up, a black SUV pulled into the lot and parked, however no-one exited the lorry.
Coppage said Lars started contending the lorry, which she went to get out of her automobile and was going to shoot at the SUV, however Lars informed her to stay inside.
She claimed she fired her weapon out of her vehicle’s traveler window and that Lars “obstructed” at some point.
But after investigators examined Coppage’s mobile phone, they discovered a message to someone she described as “Auntie” after the shooting. In the message, she requested bullets and wrote: “Lol I utilized to many on brother.”
A message was also sent out to her late sibling’s phone, in which she declared to have actually “sent a N a to my brother I owe em that body.”
Ugwuh was shot on January10 According to Fox 4, his household think he was shot while walking to a house with 2 other teenagers.
Coppage and Ugwuh’s nine-year-old brother Jayden Ugwuh was shot and eliminated in 2016, together with their 8-year-old cousin Montell Ross.
Fox 4 reported at the time that Jayson Ugwuh had held his sibling as he lay dying. Their father told the station that six children had been sleeping inside the house when a volley of bullets pierced through the walls.
Member of the family said the killings had actually deeply affected both Coppage and Jayson Ugwuh in the years since. The family could not immediately be reached for additional remark.
Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas stated Jayson Ugwuh’s killing showed authorities weren’t doing enough.
” Jayson’s life and all-too-early death shows us that we need to additional aid households and close relations to victims of violence– which we’re refraining from doing enough,” Lucas tweeted last week.