KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Saturday night friends and family remembered Kansas City rapper Jonathan Cruz and spoke about who his murderer might be.
Cruz's mother, Joyce Ivy, said he was an inspiration to younger musicians. "He loved music, and that was no lie," said Ivy.
Cruz, also known as Ace Duce, was known for his rhyming.
Some considered him a mentor.
One young musician recalled a conversation with Cruz at the vigil: "There'd be times I'd be in school and be like, 'Man, I can't handle school; I'm going to drop out.' (And he'd say) 'Nah, man, don't drop out; come over here. We'll do some music, and you'll go to school in the morning. I'll take you.' "
The 40-year-old Cruz died in his home at 77th and Lydia Thursday after someone shot him.
That's where dozens of family and friends remembered Cruz.
"It made me feel good when I heard other people say he encouraged them; showed them love," said Ivy.
His mother thinks it was someone Cruz knew and trusted who killed him.
"He did take the time out to say ‘Hey would you like some water? We've got milk, juice or whatever,' and he was being kind-hearted to these individuals," explained Ivy.
Police say one suspect is a woman who ran from the home.
His mother added, "He fought for his life. Like I said, I can't go into any other part, but I've got to go home tonight after viewing my baby's body, and this is going to be replaying in my mind for the rest of my life."
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