Metro mom pleads for tips leading to arrest of KC parking garage murderer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of 27-year-old Nicholas Preuitt has now reached $12,000, after an additional $5,000 was added to it.

Nicholas Preuitt

Nicholas Preuitt

Just three days after Christmas at about 3 a.m., Preuitt was gunned down in a garage at 13th and Grand. Witnesses say Preuitt got into an argument with an unidentified black man with long braids. Shots were fired, and by the time police made it to Preuitt, there were no signs of life.

“He was giving directions to the car behind him how to get out of there and the car behind him didn’t like that he was holding up the line,” said Becky Barber, the victim’s mother. “He turned around and he shot him.”

Barber said her son was with a group of his friends when the shooting happened.

“I just don’t understand why they felt they had to shoot him,” Barber said with tears running down her face. “I am just begging, I am begging for them to give the lead they need [to police].”

None of the parking garage cameras captured the shooting. A dark-colored SUV was possibly involved in the incident, police say.

If you know anything about Preuitt’s murder, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

You can also go to, or text TIP452 and your information to 274637 (crimes).