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Archive for Monday, December 18, 2000

18-year-old Wichitan killed

Homicide detectives are exhausted’ as city faces nine slayings in nine days

December 18, 2000

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— A young man was shot and killed in Wichita late Saturday, a day after four people were abducted from a home and slain.

The five deaths, and four others in an attack at a residence a week ago Thursday, brought the number of homicides in Wichita this year to 33, compared to 27 in 1999.

Police said the victim was shot during an argument at a house on the city's south side shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. They said his body then was dragged across the street to the parking lot of an auto supply store.

Officers followed a trail of blood in the snow and found the body in a trash container, police said.

Lt. John Speer identified the victim as Chris Edgar, 18.

A suspect, another 18-year-old man, was arrested a short time later at another residence. Police also said that on Sunday morning a fire of undisclosed origin was reported at the house where the man was taken into custody.

Speer said it's beyond comprehension to have nine people murdered in Wichita in just nine days.

"The lab department is running on fumes, homicide detectives are exhausted," said Lt. Ken Landwehr.

Two men were arrested Friday within hours of the latest quadruple homicide. A companion of the four victims three men and a woman was also shot but survived, and she provided police with information about the assailants.

The companion said that two men burst into a town house, took her and her friends to ATM machines and forced them to withdraw money. Then, she said, they were driven to a field, forced to kneel and shot.

The four other people were found shot to death at a Wichita home on Dec. 7. Three men have been charged in connection with that crime.

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