2 South American students and researchers identified as Kansas City homicide victims


Camila Behrensen, 24, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Pablo Guzman Palma, 25, of Santiago, Chile, died in an apartment near 41st and Oak Streets in Kansas City. Both Behrensen and Guzman-Palma were pre-doctoral graduate students at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City. After Kansas City firefighters were called to the apartment complex around 5 a.m. Saturday, Kansas City police were called to the apartment to investigate a double homicide. Raul Gonzales was woken up Saturday morning by alarm sounds, then firefighters told him there was a fire in his building right across from him. been so close to something like this, and you know it’s just a sad situation all around,” he said. Gonzales said he knew his neighbors as Spanish speakers who liked to have friends over. “I just saw them hanging out, nothing really special besides that. They sat on their patio and talked on the phone. I sometimes got their mail in my mailbox, but other than that they were just normal,” he said. Stowers Institute leaders released a statement on Monday. “We are devastated by the tragic deaths of pre-doctoral researchers. of our class of 2020 and the vibrant members of our Stowers Institute community. Our deepest condolences go out to their families at this difficult time,” the statement said. The release also included biographical information on both students. Behrensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Universidad Argentina de la Empressa and passed two years studying metabolic changes in fruit flies. This research allowed him to co-author a paper published in Scientific Reports. Behrensen’s hope was to continue his studies and focus his research on metabolism and the role that he plays in development. She dreamed of one day obtaining her postdoctoral degree and leading a research team by creating her own laboratory. Her classmates and professors at the Institute describe her as a brilliant young woman. who cared deeply about her work and her classmates.She was also an avid runner.Guzman Palma earned her baccalaur degree in science and post-baccalaureate degree in biochemistry at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His first research project focused on spinal cord regeneration. Her hope was to continue her studies focusing on how cells interpret and integrate various types of cues and signals during development and eventually start her own lab after completing her PhD. and postdoctoral work. Guzman Palma’s classmates and professors at the institute describe him as a gentle soul with a genuine passion for science and biology. They said he enjoyed reading, watching movies and enjoying live music. Kansas City Police detectives have so far revealed no cause of death for Behrensen or Guzman Palma. No cause of fire was communicated either. No arrests have been made in this case.

Two South American students and researchers have been identified as homicide victims at the site of a fire in Kansas City.

Camila Behrensen, 24, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Pablo Guzman Palma, 25, of Santiago, Chile, died in an apartment near 41st and Oak streets in Kansas City.

Both Behrensen and Guzman-Palma were pre-doctoral graduate students at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City.

After Kansas City firefighters were called to the apartment complex around 5 a.m. Saturday, Kansas City police were called to the apartment to investigate a double homicide.

Raul Gonzales was woken up Saturday morning by alarm sounds, then firefighters told him there was a fire in his building right across from him.

“It’s pretty crazy stuff, I’ve definitely never been this close to anything like this happening, and you know it’s just a sad situation all around,” he said.

Gonzales said he knew his neighbors as Spanish speakers who enjoyed having friends over at their apartment.

“I just saw them hanging around, nothing really good besides that. They sat on their patio and talked on the phone. I sometimes got their mail in my mailbox, but other than that they were just normal,” he said.

Stowers Institute leaders released a statement on Monday.

“We are devastated by the tragic deaths of pre-doctoral researchers. These researchers were members of our Class of 2020 and vibrant members of our Stowers Institute community. Our deepest condolences go out to their families at this difficult time,” the statement read.

The statement also included biographical information about the two students.

Behrensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Argentina de la Empressa University and spent two years studying metabolic changes in fruit flies.

This research allowed him to co-author an article published in Scientific Reports.

Behrensen’s hope was to continue his studies and focus his research on metabolism and the role it plays in development. She dreamed of one day obtaining her postdoctoral degree and leading a research team by creating her own laboratory. Her classmates and teachers at the Institute describe her as a bright young woman who cared deeply about her work and her classmates. She was also an avid runner.

Guzman Palma earned his Bachelor of Science and post-baccalaureate degree in Biochemistry from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His first research project focused on spinal cord regeneration. Her hope was to continue her studies focusing on how cells interpret and integrate various types of cues and signals during development and eventually start her own lab after completing her PhD. and postdoctoral work.

Guzman Palma’s classmates and professors at the institute describe him as a gentle soul with a genuine passion for science and biology. They said he enjoyed reading, watching movies, and loved live music.

So far, Kansas City police detectives have not released the cause of death for either Behrensen or Guzman Palma. No cause of fire was communicated either. No arrests have been made in this case.


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