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“Unfortunately, there have been two murders in the past couple of weeks which involved children either being present and/or nearby when the murder occurred,” police said in a correction statement. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police social specialists, officers and even a lawyer are all pitching in to help three children and their grandmother after the mother was murdered.

Officers responded to the shooting around 10 a.m. near Spruce Avenue and Linwood Boulevard. They found a woman dead inside of a home there.

A neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, told FOX4 that the victim’s children knocked on her door for help. She brought the kids into her home and called 911.

The victim was identified as Andrea Dean. Christopher Spears has been charged.

The children are now in the care of their grandmother, according to the Kansas City Police Department. She contacted a pastor, Cassandra Wainright, which led to help from two police social services specialists, Brook McQuillar and Lindsay Moran.

Through McQuillar and Moran, the children are getting new beds, KCPD stated. Crime lab staff and several officers pitched in money to help the family, including buying new sheets. The KCPD Friends and Family charity is providing new comforters. The kids are also getting new shoes.

Henry Service, of The Service Law Officers, will even help the grandmother adopt the children, pro bono.

Police said anyone who wants to help the family can contact Metro Patrol Social Services Specialist Lindsay Moran at 816-558-2010 or email at