KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A woman and her 36-year-old daughter were shot and killed in the early morning hours on Thursday in the 4800 block of East 40th Street in Kansas City, Mo.
Family members said Naushay Riley, 36, and her mother, Jackie Riley, 55, were inside Jackie's home when Naushay Riley's ex-boyfriend kicked in the door around 1:45 a.m. and shot the two women. Naushay's two children were also inside the house at the time of the shooting but were not injured.
"(The children) came to my house crying, and he had his baby brother on his back and the baby had blood all over him and I let them in the house, let them come in the house. And he told me that his nana had been shot," said neighbor Diana Black.
Melvin Roberson, the father of Naushay and ex-husband of Jackie, said that his daughter recently moved in with her mother and was going to school to get her Master's degree. Roberson also said he believes Naushay's ex-boyfriend is responsible for the shooting, but can't understand what would have motivated him to kill. Roberson said he saw Naushay's ex-boyfriend three days ago and that he gave no indication that there was anything wrong.
"I can't understand how he can say he loves his kids and then go and kill their mother," Roberson said.
"We couldn't believe it, because he's been at family outings and sat with him, laughed, talked. It's just shocking," said relative Kenyatta Dukes.
Police have not released the suspect's name but said they are wanting to question Naushay's ex-boyfriend and are currently searching for him.
Dozens of family members responded to the scene and are distraught over the killings. The family said Naushay and Jackie were close and considered each other best friends.
Naushay Riley worked at the Kansas City, Missouri, Department of Health as a public health specialist. The director says she was a valued and loved colleague and he offers his sincerest condolences to her family.
Relatives are making a plea to the suspect to do the right thing if he's responsible for killing the two women.
"I know ya'll had problems, but you didnt' have to kill her. If you love your son, you would turn yourself in and do the right thing," said relative Tiffany Sumerall.