KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than a month has passed since a woman was found shot to death at a Kansas City playground. Now police say they know who did it, and an anguished family wants justice.
Thirty-two-year-old Freddie Price has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his long-time girlfriend Shaunda Thomas.
She was found on June 4, shot several times. Her family says it gives them just a bit of relief that someone has been charged in her murder, but her sister and best friend are still in disbelief over her loss. FOX 4 spoke with Sherita Thomas and Vicki Davis as they looked of pictures of her for comfort.
"It's like wow, she was very colorful and then I remember when I did my hair in all them colors. I'm like wow, we are sisters,” said Thomas’ sister, Sherita.
Thomas’ body was found at a playground in the Maple Hills Apartment Complex in Kansas City. Police say there is surveillance video from the apartment complex of Thomas running from her truck, being chased by a man, caught and dragged to the playground. Afterwards, the man returned alone and drove off in Thomas' truck.
Police say that man is Thomas’ on-again, off-again boyfriend Price. Hearing about Thomas’ final moments left Davis very emotional.
"To hear that she ran, to hear that there was something about to happen, she was scared. And that just rips my heart out," Davis said. "Because I wasn't there to help her out, nobody was there to help her. It's just, it's not a good feeling."
Both Sherita and Davis were not surprised Price was implicated in the crime.
“There were some violent things that happened,” Sherita said.
Court records show Thomas had taken a restraining order out on Price just two weeks before she was murdered. She told police Price had hit her in the leg with a spiked bat and flattened the tires of her truck.
"I told him, ‘that's my sister. She belongs to me. Don't put your hands on her,’ and I meant it,” Sherita said.
Sherita said not only was her sister taken, but she leaves behind four children, ages 16, 14, 12 and nine. Thomas' family was alerted to the fact something was wrong when she didn't come home to her kids on the night of June 3. Sherita went to the police department and spoke to an officer about filing a missing persons report.
"She told me my worst nightmare had came true. I showed her a picture, I described my sister to a tee and it was my sister,” Sherita said.
The murder has left her without regard for her sister’s accused killer.
"I don't care, and honestly I don't care. I don't care if the streets get ahold of T, I don't care if people in jail get ahold of T. I don't care,” she said. “Nothing a jury of judge can say; you're behind bars, you are still here, she's not."