KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Walk around the Stonewall Courts Apartment Complex near Independence and Wabash in northeast Kansas City and you’ll see a number of people, especially parents, with somber, sad faces.
“It’s just super sad. I feel so bad for her and her children,” said neighbor Emily DeMarea.
Emily’s one of the many still shocked after hearing what happened to her neighbor, 31-year-old Denise Gayle. Before the crack of dawn on Thursday police went to the complex after gunfire rang out.
Once they got there, officers say they found Gayle had been shot to death inside the apartment where she lived with her three small children.
According to court papers, officers also found suspect, 31-year-old Derrick Williams “naked and outside the apartment building.” Police believe Williams was “high on narcotics” at the time of his arrest.
While neighbors aren’t sure if the couple had been arguing or fighting before Gayle’s death, court documents further state one of the children told an officer “he killed my mom,” referring to Derrick Wiliams.
What’s more, the documents reveal another child said Williams “put the gun in my mouth.” Williams is also accused of hitting one of Gayle’s children with a handgun.
“I just feel so sorry for those kids. I have a five month old son and to think that they now do not have a mother, and, that their mom is gone, breaks my heart, ” said Angie Rosete.
From her porch, Rosete says she snapped touching cell phone pictures of a Kansas City police officer and a paramedic cradling and comforting Denise Gayle’s crying children after their mother’s tragic death.
“I was just so impressed with those police officers and firefighters and others holding those little children at that scene. They could’ve just put them in a police car, but they took the time to be with those babies and I’m so glad, ” adds Rosete.
Rosete tells FOX 4’s Robert Townsend the children are now with their grandmother.
Meantime, Williams is charged with second degree murder, armed criminal action and child endangerment. Williams remains in jail on a $300,000 bond.