KANSAS CITY, Mo – While thousands screamed for joy as the Royals won the World Series, a family learned the news that their 23 -year-old loved one was shot in the head. Sunday, dozens marched where the shooting happened. They hope to encourage neighbors to help them make an arrest.
“She would call me every morning, good morning best friend how you doing best friend.”
Days ago, Jennifer Waddy’s phone rang but it wasn’t her best friend on the other end.
“I got a call, woke me up. Just told me she was shot and she might not make it.”
Vernae Watson was visiting a friend in the Greens apartment complex. She got a ride but as they were leaving, a car pulled up and fired several shots. At least one bullet struck Watson in her head.
“Just stuck. I didn't know what to feel or what to think. I was just kind of in disbelief,” Waddy said.
Friends and family believe the suspects could live in the area, as well as people who witnessed the shooting. Sunday they returned to the scene of the crime. They say they’re here to wake everyone up and let them know they won’t allow Watson’s memory to die.
“Let people know we're here. We're here. We're going to continue to be here.”
Friends believe Watson was an innocent victim, caught in the crossfire. She was a 23-year-old who had big plans to help stop the violence in the community.
“Just last week we sat down to talk about how we could do outreach to the community. For kids. To help them so they won't be in these situations.”
But those plans never got to see the light of day. Instead of making a difference, Watson was gunned down. Waddy says she’s going to make sure her best friend’s dreams are still reached and friends and family say they’ll continue to wake up this neighborhood until they get justice for Vernae Watson.
“Wake people up to realize, we're gonna be here.”
Watson’s family and friends plan to march every Sunday, until an arrest is made. If you know anything about this call Crimestoppers at 816-474-TIPS.