Suicidal Missouri mom, 37, took her daughter to Chuck E Cheese, instead of the promised disney world, to celebrate her 4th birthday on Jan 11, but the duo never returned
Kanisha ‘Kani’ Richardson was found dead inside her parked SUV, from an apparent suicide alongside her four-year-old daughter, Ava, in Bridgton, MO., on Jan 16
Kanisha ‘Kani’ Richardson, 37, from Missouri, shot her daughter to death, before turning the gun onherself, police said
Mother and daughter were reported missing by a relative on Jan 13, two days after they were last seen
Witnesses told police Richardson had made suicidal statements and was armed with a gun
Ava would have turned four on Monday
A mother and her young daughter who were reported missing last week were found shot to death inside their SUV in St. Louis County in an apparent murder-suicide, after relatives say the woman took the child to Chuck E Cheese doe an early birthday celebration.
Police in Bridgeton, Missouri, said Kanisha ‘Kani’ Richardson, 37, and three-year-old Ava Richardson were found on Saturday near an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Nottingham Lane inside their 2014 GMC Terrain. Ava would have turned four on Monday.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police found a gun inside the vehicle, but no suicide note.
The mother and daughter were reported missing by a relative last They were last seen on Jan. 11, two days after they were last seen near their home in the 11300 block of Hi Tower Drive in Bridgeton.
During the search for Richardson and Ava, authorities had said the woman had made some suicidal statements and was possibly armed with a gun.
‘Everything points to the murder-suicide,’ Bridgeton police Major Mark Mossotti. said.
A relative wrote on Facebook that Ava was supposed to celebrate her birthday at Walt Disney World in Florida. Instead, Richardson took her to a Chuck E Cheese.
Instead, loved ones dressed in pink – Ava’s favorite color – gathered outside the Chuck E Cheese where the girl was last seen alive with her mother and released pink balloons in her honor.
Meanwhile, a woman who identified herself as Richardson’s wife has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help her lay the mom and daughter to rest.
‘My babies are no longer here to laugh with,argue with, make new memories, or grow,’ wrote Alea Turner in the description. ‘I won’t hear “mommy ima be a lady like you” or “I’m getting big like my sis sis”. I won’t hear Kani obsess about IHOP coffee or laughing at all her new style stunts.
‘I’m breaking down. No ones prepared for one burial let alone two. Nobody should ever have to bury a child.’