UMKC student fatally shot, 3 injured in Plaza home invasion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A college student was killed and three people were injured in a shooting during an apparent home invasion Thursday night near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, police said.

Police identified the slain man as Aaron Markarian, 23, of Warrensburg, Mo. He was studying at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Officers were called around 11:30 p.m. to the 4900 block of Brookside on a shooting and possible robbery.

Police report two men entered the home and started shooting.

Kansas City Police Chief Daryl Forte tweeted early Friday investigators had no motive and no suspect information.

Among the injured was another man whose injuries were considered critical. Two women sustained non life-threatening injuries.

UMKC released the following statement:

"We were saddened to learn of the death of Aaron Markarian, a bright and talented young man who was studying at our Conservatory of Music and Dance. We offer our condolences to his family and friends. Police are withholding the names of others involved in the home invasion and robbery that claimed Aaron's life, in order to protect their safety, and we respect that decision. We are distressed by all acts of violence that affect our Kansas City community, and by any act of violence that affects our students."

Markarian was an accomplished performer, singing baritone in productions at UMKC, and at other local venues. He appeared as recently as last week in the conservatory's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

His friends describe a fun-loving young man, always smiling, who had an incredible vocal talent that some noticed as early as high school. At his 2008 graduation from Warrensburg High School he sang a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that classmates still remember.

A neighbor told 41 Action News he wasn't sure if the four people who were shot lived at the home. He said someone who did live there was seen stopping cars in the street after the shooting to borrow a cell phone because his was stolen in the home invasion.

"You hear about it all over the city, and we're certainly not immune to it here," neighbor Matt Noonan said. "But it's very surprising and scary to be so close to something so senseless and violent."

If you know anything about what happened, you are urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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