Prayer Vigil for mother her 2-year-old daughter, killed Saturday night

The two died of apparent gunshots, along with a now-deceased barricaded man, the father of the girl
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BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — After daylight Sunday crime scene tape still wrapped the property at 340 Wyandotte Ave in Baxter Springs.

Just hours before three were dead behind that tape. Including a 2-year-old girl and her mother.  Along with the suspect shooter, the father of the little girl.

LIVE! VIDEO OF THE PRAYER VIGIL MONDAY EVENING AT THE TOP OF MERCY PARK IN JOPLIN. 

Authorities say Saturday evening they responded to a call of Domestic Disturbance about 7:15 p.m. “Upon the arrival of officers, the woman exited the home and a male suspect, identified as 37-year-old Eli Crawford, shot and killed 27-year-old Taylor Dawn Shutte,” Sheriff David Groves  states Sunday.

The suspect then retreated back inside with their 2-year-old child, Cessie Crawford.

What followed was a barrage of gunfire towards law enforcement for about 3 1/2 hours.

Just before 11 p.m. SWAT made entry to find the father and daughter deceased.

Sheriff Groves shares new information Sunday afternoon that the KBI will be handling investigation now as it is revealed one officer did fire shot(s) during the ordeal.

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Please help my family in any way you can, as they have suffered a horrible tragedy. My sweet cousin and her 2 year old daughter were killed on 3/26/22 in Baxter Springs KS. She did not have insurance … help with the expenses and planning a funeral for two. Thank you so much.” — Amber Patrick

PRAYER VIGIL FOR TAYLOR AND CESSIE

Monday evening there will be a community prayer vigil at the top of Mercy Park.

Amber Patrick reminds everyone a candlelight vigil will be held  Monday, 3/28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mercy Park pavilion. “For anyone who wants to come and gather my family in prayers and love. Thank you all for everything.

CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF RELEASE IMAGES OF PATROL CARS DAMAGED IN BARRAGE OF GUNFIRE
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Images of Baxter Springs PD cruisers damaged by gunfire. Use two fingers to zoom images.

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Images courtesy Cherokee County Sheriff’s office.