Vernon Barrett devestated by his wife's murder; says grandson was involved

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Vernon Barrett is heartbroken and worried. His wife, Marise Barrett, 70, was found murdered in their Kansas City home Sunday. On Wednesday, Vernon said his 16 year-old grandson, was involved in the murder and is in custody.

"I have cried all the tears I have," Vernon said.

They were married 44 years. He found his wife's body Sunday morning in her bed. They sleep in separate rooms.

"I'm legally hard of hearing, but I thought I heard a noise Saturday night. So I got up and turned on all the lights, and I didn't see anything, and I went back to bed," Barrett explained.

"When I woke up Sunday morning, I went in my wife's room to tell her I was going to fix breakfast, and she didn't say anything, so I went on in the kitchen and fixed her breakfast," Barrett continued.

"When it was ready, I went back to her room. And when she didn't say anything, I went over closer to the bed, and then I could see streaks of red blood," he said.

17-year-old Kevin Brewer was charged Tuesday with second degree murder in Marise Barrett's death. Court documents show that Marise was stabbed 32 times. Another juvenile believed to have broken into Barrett's home with Brewer the night of the murder, is in the psychiatric unit at Research Hospital.

Police and prosecutors have not released the juvenile's name, but Barrett said that juvenile is his 16-year-old grandson.

"My wife and I raised him since he was 2 years old," Barrett said.

As he choked back tears, Barrett said he still loves his grandson, but he probably won't be able to ever see him again because of what happened to Marise.

"I really don't want to believe that he actually did that to his grandmother," he said shaking his head.

"I just don't think he was so angry that he could do that to her."

Vernon remembered taking-away his grandson's cell phone once. They recently asked him to leave because he grabbed his grandmother's arms when he got angry and was hurting her.

"Some of the family forgives him, and some don't; this is tearing-up our family," Vernon explained.

"I lost my wife and I lost my grandson."

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