The victim who died in a double shooting on Saturday was remembered as a quiet, respected man loved by his family.
“I couldn’t ask for a better son ... he was the best of the best,” said Kim Whitsell, mother of Andrew Clary, 36, of Troy, Kan., who was found shot to death in a rural home near Faucett, Mo., shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. “... The only thing bigger than his body was his heart.”
Mr. Clary, affectionately called “Drew,” was allegedly shot and killed by 34-year-old Daron Simpson, of St. Joseph. Authorities said Mr. Simpson drove his vehicle through the home of his ex-wife, Amanda Simpson, 33. Mr. Simpson allegedly entered the house and shot both victims with a handgun before leaving. Mr. Clary died and Ms. Simpson was hospitalized with serious injuries, law enforcement reported.
“The suspect had been harassing him since Andrew started dating her,” Ms. Whitsell said. “I think that’s probably why he started staying there more. I think he was afraid to leave (Amanda) there, and I think she was afraid of him (Mr. Simpson). She liked having the security of having Andrew there.”
Mr. Clary died at the scene before emergency responders arrived. Ms. Simpson was transported to Mosaic Life Care before she was transferred to a hospital in Kansas City for further treatment.
According to online court filings, Daron and Amanda Simpson began divorce filings in February 2013. After the couple’s divorce was finalized, child custody arrangements remained pending.
Although law enforcement declined to detail the relationship between the victims and suspect, Ms. Whitsell described her son as a quiet former Marine who was honorably discharged the day before Sept. 11, 2001. Since his return to Troy, Kan., Ms. Whitsell said her son worked as security at East Hills Shopping Center and had a soft spot for his family and Ms. Simpson’s children.
“Nobody had anything bad to say about Andrew. My daughter was always kind of ornery, but she loved her big brother,” she said. “(He loved his girlfriend, Ms. Simpson,) and ... he adored her and her girls. I mean, they felt the same way about each other.
“Those girls just loved him. They went to movies and pizza and he brought them over to pick apples this fall.”
Mr. Simpson turned himself into authorities later Saturday morning. He later was charged with second-degree murder.
“The man that took him away from us, you know he doesn’t know how many lives he’s ruined,” Ms. Whitsell said.
Funeral arrangements remained pending, Ms. Whitsell added.