The family of a 22-year-old pregnant murder victim who was shot dead in Kansas City’s North Town Fork Creek neighborhood on December 6 has been released for a fee after a “meaningless and vicious act of violence,” according to a GoFundMe page set up. are raising funds to offset in honor of her.
Before she died, Sheila Kurtz was 31 weeks pregnant and had two small children, Mars, 4, and Winter, 10 months. According to her page, Kurtz was looking forward to meeting a baby girl she named Soleil.
“She was making amazing strides in life so that she could provide a loving home for her young family, but it was all taken away in an instant,” the fundraiser reads.
The expenses are intended to help Kurt’s mother, Desirae, who is taking care of Kurt’s children and making funeral arrangements. A preview of Curts was held this week.
“There are no words to express the great sadness in our hearts,” the organizer said.
According to court documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, 33-year-old Emmett C. Williams has been charged with second-degree murder and armed crimes in the murder of Sheila Kurtz.
On the night of Kurtz’s murder, the Kansas City Police Department was called out to 4900 Bellefontaine Avenue around 8:00 p.m. When officers entered the residence, they found the young mother unresponsive.
Witnesses told detectives that a man known as “EW” visited with Kurtz that night and at some point abruptly told him he was leaving. reported hearing one gunshot.
The Jackson County coroner’s office determined the 22-year-old man died from a single gunshot wound to the head, prosecutors said.
Around 4:15 a.m. the next morning, officials say Williams called 911 from Block 2600 on the Blue Parkway and reported that he had “shot someone.”
In an interview with a homicide detective, Williams said he “snapped” because he’s been dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues, as well as emotional issues. There he hid his 9 mm gun and other belongings.
Williams is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear at a bail hearing on Monday afternoon.
Kurtz’s family thanked everyone who expressed support for Kurtz’s funeral and children and asked donors and loved ones to pray for justice to be served.As of Friday, $11,000 was raised through GoFundMe More have been collected.
“Love feels so deep. It’s a ray of hope when we’re in the depths of pain and sorrow,” the page reads. “Just knowing that so many people care about us makes our hearts hurt.”
Bill Lukitsch of The Star contributed coverage for this article.