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a list with all the names on the black boxes found inside the
former E.R. Morris Funeral Chapel. Since then, relatives have been
stepping forward to claim the cremated remains.
One of the people is April Jackson. The 22-year-old was too
young to remember her father, Stephen Johnson, when he was murdered
For years, a stuffed animal was the only memory she had. When
she turned 16 years old, April tracked down her grandmother, who
provided several photos of Johnson.
Then April saw the investigation and she wondered,
Did one of the names logged in the eerie, bone-chilling
basement belong to Stephen Johnson?
After contacting NBC Action News, she got her answer.
“A father is supposed to be a part of your life and I
never got to know mine. This means a lot to me,” April said
as she clutched her stuffed animal and an album with the
Standing outside of Elite Funeral Chapel in south Kansas City,
she was moments away from reuniting with her father.
When she entered the building, Stefan Morris smiled and
introduced himself. He walked through the door of his office and
reemerged carrying a bag that contained a black box.
Morris volunteered to help NBC Action News move the boxes of
cremated remains to the business owned by him and his brothers.
Their father, Eugene, ran this family business for years before his
death more than a decade ago. For them, the goodwill gesture is an
opportunity to restore the family legacy.
“I know this has been a long journey for you. Please let
us know if there is anything else we can help with,” said
Morris as he handed the bag to April.
With tears streaming down her face, April hugged her mother and
said it was a moment she will never forget.
“I’m just happy I can do this and have closure and
go on with my life knowing that my dad was taken care of,”
Eventually, Elite Funeral Chapel will perform a mass burial with
the remaining unclaimed ashes.
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