Independence police investigating 2 overnight homicides

Independence police
Posted at 8:32 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 17:43:46-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Independence police are investigating two overnight homicides.

The first happened in the 3600 block of South Greenwich Lane around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said they found a person dead inside a home and are investigating the death as a homicide.

Independence police later identified the victim as 52-year-old Daina M. Smith, of Independence.

A person of interest is in custody in that case.

The second homicide happened in the 12300 block of East U.S. 40 around 1:09 a.m. Monday.

Police said two people were shot at the location. One was killed and one was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

On Wednesday, police identified the victim as 17-year-old SirJohn R. Harris of Lee's Summit. Police said the other person who was injured had been released from the hospital and taken into police custody.

Anyone with information on the second homicide should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015.