A Mom Was Attending A Graduation At A Park When The Gunfire Started. Her Killers Sped Off And Haven't Been Found Since.

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Aug. 18 2022, Published 2:25 p.m. ET

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A mom was attending a graduation celebration at a park when a group opened fire on the revelers for no apparent reason.

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When the shooting stopped, the innocent victim was fatally wounded in her car. The suspects left the area and haven’t been identified.

Now, five years later, police in Kansas City, Missouri, still hope to solve the cold case.

Around 9 p.m. on May 7, 2017, police responded to Swope Park for the sound of gunshots. When officers arrived, they found Evette M. Clint in the driver’s seat of a car with a gunshot wound.

She was taken to the hospital, where she died a few days later, police said.

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The victim’s mother, Marvette Griddine, told FOX 4KC in 2017 that her daughter was with friends for a graduation party. Several men with guns started firing non-stop into a crowd for no apparent reason.

The suspects, who have not been identified, sped off.

“I was down the street at Evette’s home. She was supposed to come here, pick up her child and go to a family function. She just lived four blocks from the park and all of a sudden I heard pop, pop, pop and then more repetition of guns going off. I said, ‘oh my gosh, somebody is in trouble,'” Griddine told Fox 4.

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Witnesses said Clint was trying to flee the area when one of the bullets hit her in the head and she crashed into a tree.

The mom, who had a 3-year-old daughter at the time, died from her injuries. She was supposed to start a new job that same week.

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“I’m hurt. I’m angry whoever did this, why would you do this in a park full of people with kids? There were babies there. These young people today just don’t have any regard for human life. I do! Her life mattered. That was my child. I’m praying karma will get whoever did this. If they don’t turn themselves in or somebody else, I’m praying God handles it,” Griddine said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact police at (816) 234-5248.


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