Bystander killed in Kansas City woman’s plot against his ex
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman says her ex-boyfriend was attempting to kill her when he shot at her from a slain Kansas woman’s car and then killed himself after the plot failed.
Bryanna Spencer told The Kansas City Star she was driving to a job interview in suburban Liberty, Missouri, when Kareem McCoy-Lee chased her with 18-year-old Mikayla Norris’s car. Spencer escaped with the help of a worker who happened to be nearby and said Wednesday that she felt burdened by the knowledge that McCoy-Lee’s plot against her claimed Norris’ life.
Police say McCoy-Lee’s body was found later Tuesday behind a sporting goods store in Liberty, while Norris’ body was found in a wooded area of Kansas City, Missouri. Police are investigating the deaths as a murder suicide.
“I just feel guilty because she honestly had nothing to do with it,” said Spencer, who didn’t know Norris. The Overland Park, Kansas, woman was last seen alive Sunday leaving her job as a hostess at a barbecue restaurant. A missing person flyer said she was headed to a party in Independence, Missouri.
Spencer said her six-month relationship with Spencer became physically abusive and that she broke off contact with him two weeks ago after a beating left her with a cut on her forehead that required stitches.
“The fact that I didn’t want to be with him anymore, it really bothered him,” Spencer said. “And he felt like I was being disloyal and I deserved to die for the disrespect.”
Her mother, DaVona Kirkwood, said that McCoy-Lee apparently was staking out her house and followed Spencer when she left for the interview. After gunfire erupted, Spencer crashed into a tree, got out of her car and ran toward Cody McDole, who was helping to change light bulbs on a billboard.
“It was definitely an attempted murder,” said McDole, who let Spencer into his work truck and backed away from McCoy-Lee while calling police.
While at a police station, Spencer and her family were alerted that McCoy-Lee had posted on Facebook about the location of Norris’ body and alerted police.
Facebook posts — from a now-deleted page — suggested that McCoy-Lee blamed Spencer, saying “bryanna played with my emotions” and that “I was gone kill her and her momma.” He said people “shouldn’t be able to play with your love and emotions without consequences,” while acknowledging that “yeah a ‘innocent’ person got hurt.”
Norris’ disappearance and the ensuing search played out on Facebook in almost real time, with witnesses posting clues and photos. Norris’ father, Mike Norris, wrote a Facebook post crediting the many social media users for helping police.
“We 100% believe the fb (Facebook) mob everyone created led to her abductor taking his own life and post out on social media so our baby girl’s body could be found in a timely manner!” he wrote.
KSHB-TV reports that McCoy-Lee had been charged with assault while living in Kansas City and with domestic violence while living in Florida.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com