KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The community came through with more than $45,000 for the family of Detective Brad Lancaster, who was killed May 9 when he was shot while responding to a call near Kansas Speedway.
For about nine days, All 51 Price Chopper locations participated in a fundraising campaign, collecting money from shoppers who wanted to contribute.
The campaign lasted until Wednesday, May 18.
When all the money was counted, Price Chopper reports they received $45,213 in donations. The grocery store chain will be contributing an additional $2,500 to the family.
“Price Chopper would like to thank all of Kansas City for its generosity. It makes us proud to be part of city comes together to honor a hero such as Detective Lancaster,” said a Price Chopper spokesperson.
Detective Lancaster was a 9-year veteran of the Kansas City, Kan., police department. He was shot and killed on Monday, May 9 while assisting fellow officers near Hollywood Casino. The Wyandotte County district attorney filed a capital murder charge among other charges against Curtis Ayers, 28, accusing him of fatally shooting the detective.
In addition to the Price Chopper collection, a memorial fund has been established for the Lancaster family. Contributions can be made at any branch of the Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union or the Kansas City, Kansas Police Headquarters. Credit union branch locations include: 2800 E. 14th Street and 8320 N. Brighton Avenue.
Local business Cumpy’s T-shirt Shop is helping by selling Kansas City, Kan., Police Department tribute hats.The hats are $25 and a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Brad Lancaster memorial fund. Hats are available online only.
Funds raised will go to his wife and two young daughters. Lancaster, who graduated from West Platte High School was also an Air Force veteran. Lancaster served two tours of duty overseas while in the Air Force. He worked briefly for the Platte County Sheriff’s Department before moving to the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.