Difficult Investigation: After Cutting Off Another Driver, Woman is Shot and Killed

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A woman apparently made the mistake of cutting off another driver in traffic, and her family says she paid the price with her life.

Police call it a random road rage shooting. The family of 32-year-old Jennifer Jones is pleading for someone to help detectives find her killer.

Jones is one of seven homicide victims during a 48-hour period this week. But her case may be one of the more difficult ones to solve, because her attacker probably doesn't know who she is.

"It doesn't seem like she's gone," said Julie Jones, her cousin. "But I know she is. It just hurts."

Jennifer and Julie Jones grew up together, and continued to celebrate their birthdays together. Julie says she never imagined she would have to bury her cousin.

"Whoever did it, I wish they would just have the heart and turn themselves in," Julie Jones said.

Police say Jennifer died after she cut off an SUV while driving along Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard Wednesday evening. Her boyfriend and another man were passengers in the minivan when Julie says someone in the other vehicle responded by pulling out a gun and firing at Jennifer.

"They were riding beside and they were bickering back and forth," Jones said. "They honked the horn at Jennifer and Jennifer honked the horn back and then they started shooting.

And then she just said, 'Babe I got hit.' And she was gone."

Police believe another woman was behind the wheel of the maroon SUV, which may be a Ford Explorer or Expedition. Police suspect she or a man riding with her fired the shots that killed Jones. Although Jones' death is not believed to be connected to other recent homicides, her godmother says this random road rage incident seems particularly senseless.

"Getting cut off in traffic just to shoot somebody," said Mazetta Johnson. "That's crazy. Why would somebody do that?"

Jones is survived by three children, although none of them lived with her. Her family says she was struggling to turn her life around after being in a number of abusive relationships.

If you can help police identify that maroon SUV, which also reportedly has tinted windows and no license plate, call the TIPS hotline.

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