KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man already in the Wyandotte County Jail for illegally firing a gun earlier in 2012, is now charged in a recent double-homicide inside an apartment in Kansas City, Kansas.
Prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Eric Clay with the fatal shootings of 21-year-old Keith Barrett, senior and 16-year-old Re’nesha Jones. Clay’s accused of firing a hail of gunfire at the victims.
Regina Malone, the mother of Keith Barrett, is shedding new light on a possible motive for the murders. Wednesday she told FOX 4 she believes Clay shot the victims because he owed her son, Keith Barrett, Sr. $200 Malone says hours before the shootings, the pair also argued over a gun. FOX 4 4 has also learned that Barrett was shot 20 times and Jones, a Center High School sophomore, was shot seven times in the back.
Lonisha Durham, the sister of Re’nesha Jones, says she and her family learned of Eric Clay’s arrest Tuesday. Both families are praying for justice for their loved ones.
“It’s been hard every day, like every day we wake up,” Durham said. “It hits you every morning, like ‘your little sister is not here no more.”
Meantime, Eric Clay remains in the Wyandotte County Jail on a $750,000 bond.