KCK police identify Tequila KC murder victims

October 08, 2019 - 4:33 am

Kansas City, KS - Police have released the names of the four men who were killed inside Tequila KC, a neighborhood bar at 10th and Central, early Sunday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. 

The dead are identified as Martin Gonzales,58; Francisco Anaya-Garcia, 34;  Alfredo Calderon, 29; and Ebar Meza-Aguirre, 29.

The men were killed when two men opened fire around 1:30 a.m. Sunday inside the bar.

Five people were wounded.

"I turned over to my right, I seen the gun come up, seen the flash out of the gun, and just felt it in my arm," said Michael Barajas, who was in the bar at the time of the shooting.

A woman who said she was at the bar the night of the murders told KMBZ that one of the suspects was asked to leave and became loud and disruptive as he was put out. The woman said the same man was ejected from Tequila KC the previous Thursday, on karaoke night. 

The woman said she didn't know the man's name, but claimed he appeared to be on drugs.

Hundreds of people held a march Monday evening in honor of the victim's families and for the people who live and work around 10th and Central. 

"This is a good neighborhood, that is full of good people who work hard every single day of their lives to make life better for themselves, their family and the community," said one man, whose statement drew applause from the crowd.

Law enforcement officers arrested Javier Alatorre late Sunday afternoon. The search continues for the second suspect, Hugo Villanueva-Morales. Both men are charged with four counts of first degree murder.

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