Angel Hooper’s family still left with questions despite suspects’ arrests

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The arrests and charges against two suspects are what Angel Hooper's family had been hoping for going on nearly a month now, but after seeing the faces of the men police say are responsible, they have questions they want answered.

Hooper's family says if you knew their little girl and that big smile, you'd be illuminated.

"Sometimes when I get to myself, and I get to think about it, it's just so sad," cousin Ashley Newson said.

But now their little light is dim.

"We got robbed of an Angel by a drive-by," Newson said.

Newson's stomach dropped when she saw the faces of the two men, Howard Chase and LeAndre Smith. Both were charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday.

"The first question that comes to mind is just, why? It's finally putting a name to a face. It's just like, I wouldn't even know what to say to them. Nothing I can say or do can bring Angel back," Newson said.

Newson says Angel loved to sing. She sang at church most Sundays. Newson says the church will seem empty without her little voice filling it this Christmas.

"She sang, 'You are my sunshine' I still can't watch videos just yet without crying," she said.

Family says the arrests brought some much-needed closure, but they hope someday they'll be able to find their light. FOX 4 showed mug shots of the suspects to Angel's parents and family. They say they do not know the two men.

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