Court records reveal victim was shot as he lay in bed next to suspect’s one-year-old daughter

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New details have come to light in the shooting Saturday morning shooting that claimed the life of a local college basketball player.

Damon M. Hammons
Damon M. Hammons

Prosecutors filed charges Monday against 21-year-old Damon M. Hammons for second degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 23-year-old Marcus Mondaine. Hammons is not currently in police custody.

The University of St. Mary in Leavenworth said Monday that it had lost a basketball player, student, and friend.

Court documents are now revealing the details that led to Mondaine’s tragic death.

Mondaine’s girlfriend told police Mondaine was shot while he was lying in bed next to her one-year-old daughter. She revealed that the suspect is her ex-boyfriend and the child’s father.

She said Hammons entered her apartment on East 56th Terrace near Swope Parkway Saturday morning and approached her in the hallway, according to court documents. He asked her who was in the bedroom as he forced his way past her. She said she screamed for Mondaine to wake up as Hammons entered the bedroom and fired one shot at Mondaine, who was lying in bed next to the baby.

Records state the woman then grabbed her daughter from the bed. Hammons then pointed the gun at her and the child and asked, “Are you going to tell on me? Are you going to tell on me?”

She said Hammons took her phone as she tried to call police. After pleading with him to allow her to call for help, she was able to regain possession of her phone and call 911. Hammons then fled the scene, records say.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Mondaine’s funeral expenses.

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