Family describes Raymon Thomas, man killed in Overland Park shooting
Residents alarmed by drive-by in quiet suburb
12:07 AM, Jul 15, 2013
4:24 AM, Jul 15, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A family and an Overland Park neighborhood are on edge after a man was shot and killed outside of his home there. It's the first homicide in the city this year.
On Sunday, crying and gunshots took over the usually quiet suburban neighborhood.
Raymon Thomas lived in the home on West 94th Terrace near Lamar Avenue. His aunt, Ella Thomas, said she had just seen him.
"He was at my house before I went to work. He sat on the porch for an hour," said Ella Thomas. "He was taking his son to Worlds of Fun."
Thomas had three children, all under the age of 10. His aunt said he recently graduated from real estate school.
He wanted to sell homes, but he was shot and killed outside of his Sunday afternoon.
"I left and went to work," Thomas said, "and I got to work, and a few minutes later my sister called and said 'He's gone.' "
Police say two men pulled up and started firing shots, hitting Raymon several times.
It was an alarming sound in this Overland Park neighborhood.
"This is not a neighborhood where something like that would happen," said neighbor Mary Elliott. "I was just shocked."
Much of the Thomas family spent Sunday outside the home in shock, as well.
Police are looking for two people who they describe as heavy-set black men. The shooter was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. They were driving a red or maroon newer model Ford Taurus with Missouri plates. Anyone with information is asked to call Overland Park Police or the TIPS hotline.