Mother claims shooter left taunting voicemails after son was fatally shot

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- 73-year old Carole Thrasher said a 3 a.m. voicemail on her answering machine from July 28th is a message she'll never forget.

"I knew who it was and it also showed on my caller ID. He said Curtis deserved what he got," said Trasher.

Her 51-year old son Curtis Shaver was shot and killed July 23rd. Police said Shaver was arguing with his long-time friend Richard Kropp in Kropp's front yard when the homeowner shot Shaver. Law enforcement sources told FOX 4 that Kropp claims self-defense, insisting Shaver was coming at him with a walking stick when he fired the fatal shot.

But Shaver's family has serious doubts and said Shaver had trouble walking because of a previous gun-shot injury and had been threatened by Kropp in recent weeks.

"It does seem to me that he should be charged with murder. I don't know how you threaten to shoot someone, then do it and then you're allowed to say well I did it in self-defense," said Thrasher.

On the day of the shooting Kropp was booked with first-degree murder but released a few days later pending further investigation. Thrasher said soon after Kropp was released he began leaving rambling messages on her home phone, saying the shooting was justified.

"I'm sorry you're trying to sell that to the wrong person. I'm Curtis' mother and he did not deserve to die." Thrasher said

She also said that before her son died, Shaver told her that Kropp had accused him of stealing $100,000 from a safe in Kropp's home.

"He not only said that my son had stolen $100,000 from him but also some gold and get this, 300 zippo lighters," Thrasher said.

She said the theft is a figment of Kropp's imagination. She doubts Kropp ever had a $100,000 dollars to steal and said her son went over to Kropp's on the morning of his death to try to reason with his friend of 30-years.

"I really think that my son tried to go over there to talk to him to try to get things righted, whatever was wrong to try to get things righted." Thrasher said.

Thrasher said Kansas City, Kan. police recorded three harassing phone calls from Kropp as evidence. She received a temporary restraining order against Kropp and has a hearing Wednesday to get a full order of protection that would last a year.

Wyandotte County Prosecutors have charged Kropp with a pair of drug charges after investigators say they found a marijuana growing operation inside Kropp's house in April.

But Kropp wasn't charged with the drug charges until after 51-year-old Shaver was shot dead. Prosecutors told FOX 4 they're waiting on toxicology tests before deciding if they'll charge Kropp with murder.



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