KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Marise Barrett of Kansas City, Mo., turned 70 years old on Saturday. Barrett was found dead in her home on Sunday morning and police are investigating her death as a homicide.
Barrett lived in the 4400 block of East 33rd Street. She had three children and had lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years. Mark, her son, said Barrett was vibrant, full of life, a steward of children and a mother to everyone.
Neighbors shared that sentiment.
"She was the nicest person and she would help anyone," neighbor Diane Forbes said. "She was always out in her yard even though she was confined to a wheelchair. She would get out of her wheelchair and get down on the ground and sweep her sidewalk or pick up leaves and pull weeks."
Barrett was in a wheelchair because she had polio and Multiple Sclerosis.
Robert Forbes, Diane's husband, called Barrett a great neighbor who was so kind to everyone.
"To think that someone would do that to a woman in a wheelchair; she didn't deserve that," Robert Forbes explained.
Another neighbor said that Barrett was a caring woman who trusted people and wanted to help them in any way she could.
Barrett was surrounded by her children and grandchildren Saturday as she celebrated her 70th birthday.
Barrett's husband is legally blind and partially deaf. At this point police do not have a suspect. They are asking anyone with information about the murder to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8577).