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Former Royals pitcher killed by robber

May 7, 1997

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Donald Lee O’Riley, a former Kansas City Royals’ pitcher whose career was cut short by a motorcycle accident, was killed in a shootout with a robber at a convenience store. He was 52.

O’Riley was shot in the head Friday in an exchange of gunfire with a robber at a store where O’Riley had worked for about one year.

Police said a suspect, who was wounded, was in custody Tuesday.

O’Riley pitched for the Royals in 1969 and 1970, primarily as a reliever. He appeared in a total of 27 games, posting a 1-1 record with a 6.17 ERA.

After returning to the minors, O’Riley’s baseball career ended in 1974 when he chipped a bone in his pitching elbow in a motorcycle accident.

O’Riley is survived by his wife, Marquita; his son, Michael of Raytown; his mother and stepfather, Marie O’Riley Moore and Arthur Moore of Independence; his brother, Jim of Kansas City; his sister, Patricia Heffern of Independence; and two stepsons, Danny Redmond and Brian Redmond.

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