Grief-stricken father evicted in the cold from KC home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For two-and-a-half years, Jari Adams said he and his 15-year-old daughter, Jarica, lived in a home at the corner of East 55th Street and Michigan Avenue in Kansas City. That changed on Wednesday morning when he was evicted.

"I just don't know really what I'm gonna do at this point, " said 40-year-old Adams with tears in his eyes.

Last July when his only child Jarica died after a battle with cerebral palsy, and her $700 in state funding stop coming in, Adams said he struggled financially and could no longer pay his $500 in rent.

"I tried and tried to find a job. I put in a lot of applications, Family Dollar, Dollar General used to be quick hits for me to get work, but not anymore," Adams, a Cherokee Indian, told FOX 4's Robert Townsend on Wednesday afternoon.

Just hours before, the grief-stricken father said his landlord, Otis Myrick, showed up at his home with a Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy and evicted him.

"I've always paid my rent on time. It was my priority, but after my daughter died it just really hurt me and hit a lot. I almost didn't know how to pick myself up anymore and when I couldn't find a job, I kept falling behind, " added Adams.

"I tried to help him, but he wouldn't find a job and now he owes me $2,000 in rent money," a frustrated Myrick told FOX 4 by telephone.

"He's four months behind in his rent. I don't think he's looking for a job and he needs to go to a homeless shelter I think. I've done all I can do and I intend to change the locks on Thursday, so by law he cannot stay at my property. I'm sorry, but that's how it is," Myrick continued.

Adams' neighbors feel terrible for the now evicted dad.

"I just feel so bad for him. When I saw all of his furniture, his daughter's clothes, her baby doll, her oxygen tanks all sitting outside on the snow-covered front lawn, my heart broke and I knew we just had to stop and try to help him," said neighbor Tonya Bauserman.

After seeing her neighbor standing in his front doorway shivering, Bauserman went to buy Adams some hot coffee and Chinese food.

"I will be back to check on him. If he has to put his things in storage and stay with me or my friend, then that's okay with me. I just think anybody who would kick somebody out in this freezing temperatures, in the middle of winter, it's wrong, " said Bauserman.

Meantime, by late afternoon, Adams, dressed in his multi-colored, Indian-style poncho, decorative pants and wearing wood-carved ear-rings, stood outside in the cold by his beloved treasures, unsure about what he's going to do next.

"I really don't know what I'm gonna do sir. My neighbors say they're coming back tonight to help me put my things in their basement and I'll likely stay with them for the night. After that, I can't say where I will go, " said Adams.

Anyone interested in assisting Adams in any way can call (816) 699-6058. A FOX 4 viewer also set up a GoFundMe page.