KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Early Sunday morning Charlotte Busby’s life changed in a way she never planned for, let alone imagined.
Her long-term boyfriend, the “love of her life,” 28-year-old Marco Green was shot early Sunday morning at a south Kansas City apartment complex. Green died at a hospital hours later.
“I don’t know how I am going to do this by myself, I’m just trying to figure it out,” she told 41 Action News as tears rolled down her face.
Busby met Green was she was 15-year-old. Together they had four children ages 9, 7, 6 and 4.
“He was a good father,” she said.
My kids “started crying and said ‘I want my dad. I want my dad.’ I looked at my sister, ‘what am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to handle this? What do I tell them?’”
She’s not alone.
Like many families of homicide victims, Busby is now dealing with a whirlwind of change. She has now to figure out how to become a single mom, how to explain Green’s murder to their children, process what happened, find money to give him a proper burial and more.
Michelle Metje went through the same process four years ago when her son, Corey, was murdered.
“I remember when I was told Corey died. I fell to my knees and I cried out, ‘oh, I can’t do this.’ And his brother put his hand on my back and said ‘yeah mom, you can do this’,” she said. “It’s been four years and I still want him here.”
Metje said support and love from others helped her with each passing day. She even turned the worst day of her life into a way to help other families with support, advocacy, and services through Corey’s Network.
“My world stopped… now I’m just trying to figure out how to get it back spinning,” said Busby.
Busby’s friends have reached out to Metje, hoping Corey’s Network can help the family. In the meantime, they have set up a GoFundMe account to help offset some of the funeral expenses Busby never planned for.