Prayer vigil held for Kansas City man shot in his home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Friends and family of 40-year old Jonathon Cruz gathered Saturday afternoon to share memories and beg for justice for their slain loved one. Cruz was shot to death Thursday afternoon in his home off 77th Street near The Paseo.

The vigil was held at the crime scene. Cruz was referred to as a father, a brother, a friend, and a top-of-the-line musician who went by the name Ace Duce.

"My brother was an artist, my brother was self-made, an entrepreneur, a CEO...he was his own boss," said Cruz's brother, Edward.

Edward said his brother made it his business to help young people accomplish their dreams.

"He was a good man. My brother had nothing but love for you. If you knew my brother, he'd give you the clothes off his back," he said.

Cruz's protégés gathered closely at Saturday's vigil vouched for that.

"He was more than my producer. He was my brother. He just told me two days before I was his brother. It's messed up man," said Julius Wilson.

"We were just in the process of finishing up his last album. We will complete that project and get it to the family," said Terry Freeman.

Those close to Cruz can't believe he was shot to death in his own home. His fiancé, Kenia Moore, said it makes his death even more suspicious.

"Duce was never a person who just would have let anyone in here. He was that overprotective. If he did not know you, you would have stood on the porch," she said.

Police said city workers who were nearby saw a woman run out the front door and leave behind a trail of blood.

"I seriously pray to God that they catch whoever did it and that they are never released from jail," said Moore.

There are lots of questions here, but still no answers. All the bunch knows for sure is Cruz is up above looking down lovingly at them.

"I'm going to miss him. That's all I can say. I just love him and I'll see him later," said Edward.

Cruz's visitation and funeral will be held November 23 at Golden Gates Funeral Home in Kansas City, Missouri.

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