Mother Of Girl Murdered In 1999 Had A Second Daughter Killed Last Week

18 years after one daughter was abducted and murdered, a Kansas City mother loses another child to homicide. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

The murder of a child is literally every parent’s worst nightmare. Sadly, one Kansas City mother is now mourning the second senseless killing of one of her daughters. In 1999, Cherri West’s 10-year-old daughter Pamela “Pammy” Butler was abducted from in front of her family home and later raped and murdered. Last Wednesday, West’s 34-year-old daughter Casey Eaton was shot to death as she sat in a car near a park dedicated in her sister’s memory.

"I can't believe this has happened to me again," West said in an interview with Kansas City’s Fox 4. "You kind of sit back and you wonder what have you done in life for something like this to be done to you." Casey Eaton actually witnessed her sister Pammy’s abduction as she roller-skated in front of her house in Kansas City, Kansas.

She ran screaming after the pickup truck that snatched her, attracting the attention of a neighbor who was able to get the vehicle’s license plate. Pammy’s dead body was found two days later Grain Valley, Missouri. Police later arrested Keith D. Nelson, who is currently sitting on death row, having been sentenced to death for her rape and murder.

Casey Eaton was shot to death while sitting in a car near “Pammy’s Park,” which was dedicated in her sister’s memory. According to The Kansas City Star, Emenencio C. Lansdown was arrested Friday for her murder, following a five-hour stand off where he exchanged gunfire with police and barricaded himself inside his house. He was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm. Details in regards to motive have yet to be released by authorities.

Casey Eaton was herself a mother of four, and had recently become a grandmother. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her family pay for funeral expenses. Reacting to her death, Cherri West told Fox 4 "Two daughters to murder. I didn't think I'd ever have to go through this again. I really didn't."

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