‘She Was Murdered:’ Mother Speaks Out After 19-Year-Old Daughter Found Dead

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
July 1, 2019US News
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‘She Was Murdered:’ Mother Speaks Out After 19-Year-Old Daughter Found Dead
A handgun in its case in a file photo. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The mother of a 19-year-old Missouri girl is speaking out after her daughter was found dead.

Kristina Panos said that she started screaming when she was told over the phone early June 29 that her daughter Breana Robinson had died.

Panos told WDAF-TV that her daughter had received threatening messages just days before turning up dead.

“She sent some messages to somebody that people were threatening to shoot her three days prior,” Panos said, noting that Robinson struggled with drug addiction. “She has a big heart and she got mixed up with the wrong people. And they’re ruthless.”

Panos said she will adopt her daughter’s 3-year-old son.

But she’s also hoping that officials will find her daughter’s killer and urged anyone with information to step forward.

“Nobody deserves to be shot, murdered. She was murdered,” she told WDAF-TV.

“I want justice. I want somebody to please speak up. And I’m just begging, begging for justice for me, for her whole family and especially for her son.”

Shot to Death

Kansas City Police Department officers responded to a home off Blue Ridge Boulevard on June 28 after getting a call about a shooting inside a home there, Capt. Tim Hernandez, a police spokesman, told The Kansas City Star.

Officers found the front door open and entered the house to find Robinson dead inside from a gunshot wound.

No one else was at the house, officers determined after a search.

The death was being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information was asked to call 816-234-5043 or 816-474-8477.

According to The Star, the suspected killing was the city’s 65th homicide this year after 136 in 2018.

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An FBI agent in a file photo. According to the FBI, preliminary statistics showed that crime declined in the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Crime Statistics

Crime declined in the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017, the FBI said in February. Preliminary statistics show nearly all offenses in the violent crime category declined. Robbery offenses decreased 12.5 percent, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 6.7 percent, and aggravated assault offenses declined 2 percent, the agency said. Rapes, however, increased by 0.6 percent.

When comparing data from the first six months of 2018 with the first six months of 2017, all property crime categories showed a decrease. Burglaries were down 12.7 percent, larceny-thefts decreased 6.3 percent, and motor vehicle thefts declined 3.3 percent. The full 2018 crime report will be released later this year.

The FBI previously said that both violent crime and property crime decreased in 2017, the last year that full statistics are available for, compared to 2016. Overall violent crime decreased 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, while property crime decreased 3 percent during that time, the agency said in September 2018, releasing data from the previous year.

“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to UCR nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased by 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the FBI stated.

“The report also showed there were more than 7.7 million property crimes last year. Burglaries decreased 7.6 percent and larceny-thefts decreased by 2.2 percent. Motor vehicle thefts increased by 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.”

The figures were compiled from more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies around the United States that submitted their crime data to the FBI.

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