Three Dead Following Violent Holiday Weekend

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three people are dead following a violent holiday weekend. Kansas City police said the three incidents that left three people dead are not related.

The first incident happened around 11 p.m. Saturday. Police said Joseph Jones, 22, died from gunshot wounds. Police found his body near 24th and Denver in Kansas City, Mo., but said they have no suspects in custody at this time.

A short time later police responded to another shooting near 43rd and Harrison in Kansas City, Mo. In this incident, police said Kenyan Jones shot and killed a prostitute after discovering she was actually a man. Police said Darnell Pearson, 31, died outside an apartment building after being shot. Jones has since been charge with second-degree murder.

Police found the third holiday victim, Onge'le M. Barnett, 30, dead in an apartment on Crystal Lane near Eastern Avenue on Christmas Day. Police have not said how she died.

The weekend deaths bring Kansas City's homicide number to 113. Forty percent of those remain unsolved.

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