On April 23rd, 2008, a Raytown man was charged with murder, accused of fatally shooting a bartender after she denied him a drink at a Kansas City, KS tavern. Full stories published in the Kansas City Star, KCTV Channel 5 Kansas City, and WDAF Channel 4 Kansas City. Discussion available on Stormfront.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman charged Brandon S. Hulett with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lori Reynolds, 44, early Saturday morning April 19th. Hulett, who turned 21 on April 12th, has also been charged with one count of aggravated battery and 10 counts of aggravated assault. He is now being held in Wyandotte County Jail on $500,000 bond. YouTube video of AP story posted below:
Reynolds was a bartender at the Gossip Inn, a small tavern at 2418 Park Drive in Kansas City, KS. A slideshow posted with the KCTV story confirms she's white. Reynolds had been a bartender there for about seven years and was popular among customers. Bar owner Laura Maude characterized her as "her rock" and said she was irreplaceable.
"She is irreplaceable. I don't know where that smile is going to come from and that spirit and everything else she brought to me and the bar and to everybody at the Gossip Inn," Maude said.
The tavern had a firm rule of not serving a drink without customers showing an ID first. So when Reynolds said she couldn’t serve Hulett early Saturday without seeing his ID, Hulett allegedly opened fire, striking her multiple times. Before fleeing, Hulett allegedly shot six to eight more rounds through the bar. No one else was reported injured. Reynolds died of her wounds at a hospital. Funeral services for Reynolds were held Monday April 21st. According to her obituary, Lori Reynolds was preceded in death by her father, Fred Swanson. She is survived by her daughter, Michaela Reynolds; mother, Carol Thomas, and stepfather, Joseph Thomas; brother, Tim Swanson and his wife Shelley; sister, Kellie Kemple and husband Roger.
After the funeral, Reynolds' daughter Michaela said police told her they had someone in custody, and she said having someone charged with her mother's murder was a huge relief. "It's great news, I was so happy that he turned himself in during the services, that was great," she said. "I just hope that he gets the justice that he deserves. It was senseless. He's a young kid and he just wasted his whole life."
Carol Thomas, Reynolds' mother, commented at a candlelight vigil about the senseless violence. "The regard for human life is nil. Nobody even thinks twice that they would come in and shoot somebody, and never thinks of the consequences that are gonna effect everybody," said Thomas. [Ed. Note: For a parent to be preceded to the grave by one of their children can be a traumatic experience for the parent, but Hulett didn't consider that when he chimped out and blasted Reynolds for doing her job and asking for ID.]
Another white family wrecked by TNB.