A family who lost one member to gun violence in December is now reeling after losing another one just this week.
Brandon Dean, 21, became the 33rd homicide victim in Kansas City this year. He was shot Sunday about 7:50 p.m. while walking near a Church's Chicken. He managed to make it to the Church's Chicken at 39th Street and Indiana Avenue where he collapsed.
Police found him there on the floor and he died at the hospital.
Now Dean's family is asking anyone with information to come forward.
"My son Brandon had potential, all-around athlete. He had a future and now he's gone. My son is gone," said Pamela Dean, Brandon's mother.
Pamela Dean is a mother in pain, racked with grief over the death of her oldest son. She said Brandon Dean was a college student who was gunned down just a few blocks away from his family's home.
"We're killing our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, mothers and daughters over senselessness," Pamela Dean said.
Her words come from painful personal experience. Her own brother, 50-year-old Aaron Dean, was shot and killed at a gas station near 44th Street and The Paseo in December. Family members are now dealing with their double loss.
"It's like a blank to me. It's nothing there, but hurt," said Henry Dean, who has now lost a brother and a nephew to gun violence.
Their hurt is now turning to action as the family pleads for help.
"We need people to come forward. We need people to come forward and speak. Somebody knows," Pamela Dean said.
Police have not made any arrests and they have no leads at this time in either of the two cases. They ask that anyone with information call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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