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9ine Ultra Lounge: Slain woman's mother, neighboring businesses want permanent closure

Judge temporarily closes nightclub
Restraining order outside 9ine Ultra Lounge
Posted at 10:20 PM, Sep 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 23:20:34-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A nightclub set to host an event Sunday during the Labor Day weekend was forced to cancel it because of a Jackson County judge.

A temporary restraining order is nailed to entrances of the 9ine Ultra Lounge and a neighboring gym Do Work Factory 2.0, both owned by former Kansas City Chiefs player Alphonso Hodge.

The order bans any business from happening at either location for at least one week.

Last Sunday, four people were shot outside the club. And a mass shooting in January left two people dead, the suspect and 25-year-old Raeven Parks.

"There’s a void that will never be able to be filled because my daughter went out to have a good time," Rouxanne Cunningham, Parks' mother, told 41 Action News on Sunday.

Cunningham is surprised the club has stayed open this long.

"It's an unsafe environment for young people," Cunningham said. "Why would you want to be responsible for that? With people’s lives on your hands? Why would you want to be responsible for that?"

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She wants to see the 9ine Ultra Lounge close its doors permanently.

"How many occurrences do you need to recognize and realize that perhaps this is not the business for you?" Cunningham said.

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Other businesses in the strip mall where the club is located near U.S. 40 and South Noland Road said the establishment isn't a good neighbor.

"We've had to clean up multiple times," Jerry White, owner of The Safety Center, said. "The actual the riding range out there is actually fenced off as you probably seen. We've had to clean up broken bottles. We have found syringes."

The motorcycle driving school now has to replace a window because of the recent shooting.

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A bullet hole shatters the window of a business near 9ine Ultra Lounge.

"I don't think it's going to get any better," White said. "Ever since they've opened there, we've had a lot of problems."

While Hodge didn't respond to 41 Action News' request for comment on the restraining order, members of the property management group did.

A representative with AREA Real Estate Advisors told 41 Action News the club's lease ended in March, but Hodge took them to court and kept hosting events that they weren't aware of.

C&C Development LLC, the property management group, sought the restraining order to prevent another act of violence.

All parties are scheduled to go to court Sept. 11, where a judge will either extend the temporary restraining order or direct the club to vacate the premises immediately.