Lawrence woman, 29, shot to death in Springfield, Mo., quadruple homicide

Danielle Joanna Keyes

Family and friends are mourning a 29-year-old Lawrence woman who police say was shot to death Saturday morning in a quadruple homicide at a Springfield, Mo., motel room.

Danielle Joanna Keyes and Springfield residents Lewis Green, 44, and Trevor Fantroy, 43, were pronounced dead inside their motel room, after Springfield police responded to a call of multiple people who “appeared to be injured” about 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Springfield Police Department spokeswoman Cora Scott said.

A third man, Christopher Freeman, 24, was also found in the room and was transported to a hospital in critical condition, Scott said. He died Wednesday of his injuries.

Springfield police have yet to determine a suspect in the killings, Scott said.

“Detectives are following up on numerous leads in an attempt to identify and locate those responsible,” she said.

Keyes’ sister, Dawn Keyes, also of Lawrence, said Danielle Keyes had left their Lawrence home in August for Springfield — something that the 2004 Perry-Lecompton High School graduate and mother of three had done before.

“Danielle went to Springfield once before and I searched frantically for her,” Dawn Keyes said. “When she came back, I held on to her tight for an hour.”

Dawn Keyes said she did not know the three men who were slain alongside her sister, but she said Danielle Keyes had “gotten in the wrong crowd.”

“She was lost and going through a rough patch and trying to find her way home,” Dawn Keyes said. “I sure missed her when she was gone. Now, I really miss her.”

Scott did not say whether police were aware of how the four knew one another.

Danielle Keyes’ memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. She is survived by Dawn Keyes and another sister, Deborah Keyes; her mother, Donna Keyes; and her sons Xavier Brown, 8, Casey Brown, 6, and Nicholas Anstaett, 3.

Dawn Keyes said she worries about seeing her nephews at the funeral because of her resemblance to their mother.

“They are going to be so confused,” Keyes said. “We’re identical twins; I look just like her.”

As twins, Dawn Keyes said, she’s “always been able to feel” her sister. That stopped about a week ago, Dawn Keyes said, and she knew something was wrong.

She still has the tabby cat, Zeke, that she and her twin found on the side of the road together one day.

“He’s my little reminder of Danielle,” Dawn Keyes said. “I hope I’ll feel her again someday up above.”

Springfield detectives are asking anyone with information about Keyes’ homicide to call the Springfield Police Department at (417) 864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Springfield CrimeStoppers at (417) 869-8477.