KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A 12-year-old Kansas City, Kan., girl who was with her father when he was shot and killed outside their house, remembers the sounds of gunfire almost two weeks ago that ended her dad's life before her eyes.
Ashley Babbitt told FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien that her dad, Marco Velazquez, 47, is the only dad she's ever known. She won't call him her step-father. To her, he is 'dad.'
Marco, or 'Tony' as he was called, had just pulled up to his house in the 200 block of S. Valley. It was about 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28th, and the two of them stopped by his house briefly to grab some money. He got out of the car and didn't even make it around the truck before he was shot and killed.
"It was like a few seconds after he got out of the car. I heard gunshots and there was a pause. It was like four and then I heard another two and then I didn't think it was going to be him shot," said Ashley Babbitt.
A man who does not want to be identified also heard the gunshots and ran out to see what was going on.
"It was a bloody mess," he said. "You talk about overkill."
"The guy was parked right out in the middle of the street with, in drive with his foot on the brake just shooting away. Pop pop pop pop pop," he described. "'I saw him laying there all bloody and everything so I got out and I went over to him and I was like 'Oh my God, oh my God."
Tony Velazquez died on the curb in front of his house. His daughter watched the life leave the man she says taught her right from wrong, how to be a lady, and helped her through life.
"It was horrible. And I went and got a clean towel and put it over him from his neck down..... And then the little 12-year-old girl, she was just, just a screaming, crying mess," said the man who heard the gunfire.
Ashley says she did not see the car or the person who killed her dad.
At this time, police think it was a planned hit.
"Knowing I can't talk to him anymore or anything. I can't see him anymore. Make.... it's hard," said Ashley Babbitt. "I just start crying 'cause I know he is gone and can't do nothing about it."
If you can help police find the killer, they ask you to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477 (TIPS).