Monday, August 5 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-08-06 00:39:52 GMT
The story grabbed international headlines. A motherless doe and a stray dog bonded amid the tombstones at a Kansas City cemetery.But with winter approaching, a Kansas City shelter took the dog away fromMore >>
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The unlikely companionship that developed at a Kansas City cemetery between a stray dog and a motherless doe has ended.More >>
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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A doe that got national attention after she made friends with a stray dog and the two hung out in a cemetery has been shot and killed.
Security staff at the cemetery found her Sunday evening just feet from the cemetery's chapel. She survived an attack earlier this year. Cemetery officials said they are heartbroken at the cruel and senseless crime.
"She had been shot once through the right shoulder. You can't try to make sense out of it," said Bruce Mathews, a cemetery board of trustees member. "Someone with a hard heart and a confused mind. I'm being kind when I say that. She meant something different to everybody who came down here. ... The rational mind can't make sense of anything like this. Who would do it?"
Ella had been living in Kansas City's Elmwood Cemetery for more than two years and had become almost a tourist attraction for the area.
"She has been a presence here ever since," Mathews said. "I like to say that she was a wild animal, not a pet. But she was family."
She was very docile and cemetery officials said they didn't think she'd survive in the wild.
"I think she stayed because she was born here. It was the only home she ever knew. She loved people but didn't like the cars or the mowers. She was something very special to the cemetery," Mathews said.
Ella was born Memorial Day 2011. Cemetery officials don't know exactly how her mother got into the cemetery.
When Ella was 3 months old, her mother was struck and killed by a vehicle on Truman Road, leaving the young doe an orphan. She stayed around the cemetery and seldom left, even following mourners or those tending graves or attending weddings at the chapel. She loved the chapel area.
"Whenever we had a wedding or funeral at Armour chapel, she would come and stand in the doorway and watch the whole proceedings," said Mathews, who had championed Ella's cause and took numerous pictures of her. "If there was a funeral, she would blend in and become part of the proceedings. That was part of her charm."
Some had asked why she wasn't taken to a wildlife preserve.
"We were told early on by the department of conservation not to try to catch her. For good or bad, this was her home," Mathews explained.
And soon her final resting place. Mathews knows her spirit will linger.
"We will miss her, but we hope people remember the joy she brought to their lives," Mathews said. "She brought life to this place of the dead. She was born here. This is the only home she ever knew. She'll be here."
Police have few leads, and Mathews doesn't know if the killer will ever be caught.
"In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing like a grieving mother," he said. "We have too many in this part of town that have lost a child from a senseless act of violence."
A group of people who said they cherish the deer after spending some time with her have already put together a Facebook group in hopes of raising some money for a memorial for her at Elmwood Cemetery. Many are voicing their outrage over the shooting on the page.
More than 36,000 people are buried at Elmwood Cemetery. Wayside Waifs will cremate Ella, and her ashes will be scattered near her favorite places at the cemetery.
"It is no stretch to say that she brought joy and life to this 43-acre oasis in the "heart" of Kansas City. We have all been blessed in our own unique ways," Mathews said.
The stray dog that began hanging out with the deer at the cemetery last year was taken to the Wayside Waifs animal shelter when people got worried how she would cope with the upcoming winter. The dog was named Moxie and is now living with a family.
If you have any information that could help capture Ella's killer, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. The cemetery has received offers of up to $1,500 in rewards, but hasn't established anything yet.
The board will meet later this week to consider how best to remember Ella.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
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