Mothers increase reward in 2010 murders of siblings

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been almost three years since 29-year-old Shukriyyah Simmons and her 28-year-old stepbrother, Thomas Simmons, were both shot and killed during separate crimes.

Both murders remain unsolved and that's why the victims' mothers have now added money to the rewards in their loved ones' deaths. The two moms hope and pray the now $3,500 in each case will  help police catch two killers.

"I just hope for closure for both of us, both families and both of their children," said Cheri Clark-Bey, mother of Thomas Simmons. "This is devastating."

"Someone knows something," said Arthurine Henderson, mother of Shukriyyah. "They know who the killers are."

On February 23, 2010 relatives say Shukriyyah Simmons had just put her son and daughter on their school bus outside the family's home on Ash Street in Raytown when a man she didn't know, wearing a black hoodie and a black coat, walked up to Shukriyyah, shot her three times and ran away.

The young mother and certified nursing assistant was killed in front of her children.

"It's been rough, but Shukriyyah left me three beautiful kids," said Henderson.

Seven months later, on September 5, 2010, Shukriyyah's stepbrother, Thomas Simmons was sitting in his car at Gregory and Prospect in Kansas City when police say three men in a silver pontiac pulled up and one of them shot and killed Tommy. The young father left behind two children.

"He was my heart. Tommy was my llife and that's how I remember my son, caring and giving," said Clark-Bey.

Relatives say detectives tell them they do not think the two murders are connected.  Anyone with information about either crime shold call Kansas City and Raytown Police Departments or the TIPS HOTLINE at (816) 874-TIPS or (816) 874-8477. Remember if you call the hotline, you do not have to give your name.

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