Man Kills Woman Near Park Named for Her Murdered Sister

Casey Eaton's mother says she's still dealing with the 1999 murder
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2017 12:03 PM CDT
Woman Murdered Near Site Named for Her Murdered Sister
Casey Eaton, 34, with her grandson.   (GoFundMe)

A woman in Kansas City, Kansas, will soon bury a second daughter. In 1999, Cherri West's 10-year-old daughter Pamela Butler was kidnapped and killed, and last week West's oldest daughter Casey Eaton was shot dead—less than a block from the park named in Butler's memory. "You wonder what have you done in life for something like this to be done to you," West tells Fox4. Eaton, she says, was her "biggest helper," the one who ran after Keith Nelson, who is now on death row for Butler's murder, as he drove away with her little sister. Police on Sunday arrested Emenencio Lansdown after an all-night standoff, charging him with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with Eaton's April 19 death, reports the Kansas City Star.

Eaton, who was 34, is survived by four children and a 4-month-old grandson, reports the Kansas City Star. In 1999, a teenage Eaton ran after the stranger who grabbed her little sister "Pammy" as she was said to be rollerblading; Eaton's screams caught the attention of a neighbor, who was able to note Nelson's license plate number. (Her sister's body was later found in woods adjacent to a church, per KCTV.) Eaton's oldest daughter says it's been "a shock to us," adding that her mother had struggled at times but was doing better and working with her at a nearby Subway store. Though Lansdown has been arrested and charged, Eaton's murder is still under investigation and no motive has been given. A GoFundMe page is raising money for the funeral. (A sister cracks a murder case, and a shocking discovery follows.)

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