Joshua Hare turns himself into police

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A KCK man wanted for a recent murder turned himself in to police on Tuesday. Joshua Hare's family says they don't believe he committed the crime, nor was he trying to avenge his sister's recent death.

On February 2nd Latisha Hare, pregnant with her third child, was found dead inside a vacant, burning house. On February 25th 26-year-old Chad Coen was found shot to death in the street near 14th and Metropolitan, about two miles from where Latisha Hare was killed.

Three weeks later prosecutors charged Latisha Hare's brother Joshua with Coen's murder.

"I don't see Joshua as a killer. He's really a good boy. He was really trying to get his head on right," Angela Marcus, Joshua and Latisha Hare’s cousin, said.

A key question right now is did Joshua Hare kill Coen in retaliation for his sister's death?

"They're not connected. Latisha was very good friends with Chad," Marcus said. "I don't see Joshua setting out to kill somebody. I just don't see that being portrayed and I don't believe that Chad could've harmed Latisha.”

Marcus told FOX 4 that Latisha, Joshua and Coen were all friends and all past methamphetamine users. Did drugs play a role in either murder? Joshua and Latisha's relatives say they don't know.

"It will all come out and I hope Mr. Coen's family gets justice and I hope Latisha gets justice,” Marcus said.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Hare is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm. He's in jail being held on a $1 million bond.

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  • chris

    Josh is 1 of the most kind hearted sweetest people i have the pleasure of knowing in my life when he cares for sum 1 he cares with all that he is.. people should not judge him his sister was just taken away from him in a horrible terrible tragic murder. What would u be like if something that horrible was done to u. I don’t believe that Josh did anything that they are saying he had confided in me that he was indeed going to let Justice be brought to lite. Knowing Josh as I do if he was guilty he wouldn’t of turned his self-in if he shot sum1 for revenge he wouldn’t of just did 1 person he would of went after all that he believed was involved. To some very special people the hare family we’ve known u all & been friends for many many years now & my heart & love goes out to all & will remain that true for rest of time latisha love u sweetie fly beautiful angel!! Rip miss ur bubbly smile & laughter.. Justice for latisha!! Life long friends CPs love u Joshua

  • dually

    Fuck anybody that got something negative to say to my homie Lil Josh I remember when I first move to k.c. u and ur sister where the coolest people to meet I never thought in a million years that u would experience this much tragedy I remember the good old days on 42nd and Springfield u was hella young I know Lil Josh didn’t do this I hope that justice prevail free Joshua hare r.I.p tish truly loved and truly missed

  • Angela

    To those of you on here boasting about what an upstanding person Joshua hare is I’d like you to explain that to my five children who currently spend there days visiting there father Michael thompson in the ICU because of that filthy meth head piece of shit! No of this has been brought to light of course. He and Chad Stole his car earlier in the day before Chad was killed and went on to attempt to rob him at gun point at wich point he sustained a severe brain injury and is still fighting for his life. I’m glad chad lost his life and only wish josh had done the same. He is no good soul with some kind of conscience he’s a filthy thief who robbed my children of there father over a set of rims. Unforgivable…I hope he fries!

  • andrea

    you think your kid’s father is better then josh but look who he is associated with other gang members,and according to the page being sent around face book is friends with a woman beating,child molester,who tired to kill his own child and wanted his very own child to die in the hospital after what he done didn’t kill his kid but put it in the hospital,even has him on his friends list on face book,you are only as good as the life you lead and the company you keep,your kids father lived the gang life and kept company with shameful people,how good of a person could he of been ? I didn’t see josh being friends with any one who tired to kill their kid,but michael is friends with such a person,so don’t pass judgement in less you want him judged,in this world you get back what you put out,your also who you associate with!

  • Patricia Thompson

    Michael Thompson is and has always been a decent moral person. He is a devoted and responsible father to his 5 children. He would not befriend a person who would mistreat a child. He was a victim of foul play and had to jump from a moving vehicle because someone tried to shoot him in the head. tangled up and was dragged several feet on his head. We are praying for his complete recovery.. Grandma Pat . .

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