Janelle Monae

Pop star Janelle Monáe is mourning the loss of her cousin, a mother-of-three, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kansas.

Natasha Hays, 37, and her three children were asleep in their Kansas City home early Tuesday when someone fired an assault type rifle into the home.

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Renee Benjamin

A 30-year-old woman was among 3 victims gunned down by a mentally unstable employee at a Kansas lawn mower manufacturing plant on Thursday.

Renee Benjamin was the only woman killed by Cedric Ford, 38, a painter at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.

A friend remembered Benjamin on Facebook.

“Rest in peace Renee Benjamin may the good die young! I will never forget this day u were so happy u were surrounded by 3 cute girls lol #HesstonShooting#Ur in heaven now boo!”

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Cedric Ford

A painter armed with a high-powered assault rifle opened fire at a lawn mower manufacturing plant in Kansas, killing 4 and wounding 14 on Thursday. Five of the victims are in critical condition at local hospitals.

Plant employee Cedric Ford, 38, clocked in to begin his shift in the paint room at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas on Thursday morning.

About 90 minutes before the murders, a sheriff’s deputy arrived at the plant and served Ford with a restraining order filed by his girlfriend.

After co-workers “teased him a little bit,” the father-of-2 left work and returned a short while later armed with a high powered rifle and a pistol.

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Accused Killer Can Wear Turtleneck to Hide Neck Tattoo A Kansas judge has ruled that an accused killer can wear a turtleneck sweater to cover his neck tattoo because his body can be used against him in court.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Chapman, 32, argued that jurors would prejudge Chapman if they were allowed to see the word “MURDER” that is tattooed backwards across his neck from ear to ear.

The Kansas man is in jail awaiting trial for a 2011 murder.

State law prevents a tattoo artist from going into a licensed jail facility to remove the tattoo.

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