Charges in KC murder relieve victim’s mom, but the heartache of her loss remains

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City mother is relieved to know two men are finally behind bars and charged in the murder of her son.

Jackson County prosecutors on Friday charged Dahron Randolph, 26, and Joshua Randolph, 34, in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of Justin Butler, 28, in East Kansas City, Mo., in late August.

“I’m glad that they’re off the street before they hurt somebody else,” said Butler’s mother, who talked exclusively with FOX 4 but asked we hide her identity for safety reasons.

Both men are facing charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon and are in jail under $250,000 cash bonds.

According to court records, police responded on August 30 to reports of shots fired in the 3400 block of Park Avenue. When officers arrived, they found Butler shot to death on the front porch. Another adult and a child were also shot, but survived.

Detectives found 17 spent shell casings in the home and in the street.

“I wouldn’t wish this on nobody,” she said. “It’s really hard, you know, and it’s a pain that you really can’t even describe. It’s horrible.”

She says Butler was visiting a friend when the shooting happened and she described the suspects as “strangers” to her family.

“He wasn’t the target,” Butler’s mom said, “and does it make my heart hurt even more? I don’t know. My heart is broke.”

The mother says Butler was a father, an avid church-goer and a person who would offer help to anyone in need.

“He wasn’t perfect,” she said, “but he was just a sweet person.”

As for the two men now charged with killing her son, this mother said she’s relieved to see them locked up, but said it doesn’t give her peace.

“Even if they put them in jail for the rest of their life, it still don’t solve anything,” she said. “It’s still an open wound, and I miss my son.”

It’s an open wound she's not sure will ever heal, and justice she's not sure she will ever truly feel.

“I don’t think people realize that when they do things,” she said, “how it affects not only the victim’s family, but even their own family, and it’s just terrible.”