Mystery Unfolds on Facebook: Innocent Teen Murdered in KC Man’s Plot Against His Ex

Robert Cronkleton et al., Kansas City Star, December 20, 2017

Missing Overland Park teen Mikayla Norris may have been killed for her car by a man who was enraged over a broken relationship and was determined to kill his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Bryanna Spencer told The Star Wednesday that her ex-boyfriend, Kareem McCoy-Lee, used Norris’ car the day before to chase Spencer — shooting at her as she was driving to a job interview in Liberty — before apparently taking his own life about a mile away. Not long after, police found Norris’ body at an address that McCoy-Lee, 22, posted on Facebook.

Spencer escaped with the help of a worker who happened to be nearby {snip}

Police think the deaths of Norris and McCoy-Lee were a murder and a suicide.

Spencer, who said she did not know Norris, had been in a relationship with McCoy-Lee for about six months. The relationship became physically abusive, Spencer said. She became alarmed by his anger and violence.

She said McCoy-Lee’s mother had been killed in a domestic violence incident when he was 5 years old and that his father was in prison.

Two weeks ago, Spencer broke contact with McCoy-Lee after a violent incident. On Dec. 6 at McCoy-Lee’s home, he threatened her with a gun and a knife before beating her with a dumbbell, Spencer said. The gun turned out to be fake, she said, but the beating left a cut on her forehead that required stitches. She fled his home without her coat and shoes.

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Tuesday, Spencer left home for a job interview in Liberty. McCoy-Lee apparently was parked in the cul-de-sac outside her home, staking out the house. He followed Spencer when she drove off, according to Kirkwood, her mother.

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While Spencer was driving in Liberty, McCoy-Lee pulled up beside her and started shooting.

“He shot at me, shot right through the window, shot right at my face,” she said. “The bullet went straight in front of my face.”

The car took two bullet holes.

She tried to speed away, but he gave chase. {snip}

Police came, took their report and had Spencer’s car towed. While at a police station, Spencer and her family were alerted by an out-of-state relative that McCoy-Lee had posted on Facebook about the location of Norris’ body.

Facebook users following the developing situation Tuesday captured the post by “Kareem Getbig Lee” saying, “Body across from 8503 hillcrest rd, damn gun got jammed.”

Spencer and her mother alerted police at the station, who said they would make sure some officers went to check the area. That evening, after an extensive search by land and air, police found Norris’ body in a wooded area near the Hillcrest Road address.

Another McCoy-Lee Facebook post seemed to say he killed Norris only because he needed a car. He didn’t name Norris.

“White girl was just a pond (sic) for the car,” the post read.

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McCoy-Lee’s apparent Facebook post expressed anger at white people. “White people been … us up for years so just put it on the tab,” he wrote.

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When McCoy-Lee was found dead in Norris’ car about 10 p.m. Tuesday, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, it was behind the Academy Sports near Kansas Street and Interstate 35 in Liberty — about a mile away from the billboard.

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Mikayla Norris (left) and Kareem McCoy-Lee (right): “Put her on the tab.”

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