RIVERSIDE, Mo (KCTV) – For more than 12 years, a daughter has waited to see her father’s killer arrested. Erricka McCullen insists she won’t give up on getting justice for her father.
McCullen remembers his father, Ronald Burns, as a generous and caring man who didn’t deserve what happened to him in his Riverside apartment. She said she could call her father any time of the day or night. He was there when she needed him.
“He was my best friend,” McCullen said. “I was a daddy’s girl.” She last spoke to her father by phone as they were planning a visit for her daughter’s graduation.
“Her last words were, ‘I love you, baby girl,'” McCullen said.
His father’s colleagues asked the police to watch him on May 24, 2010, at his apartment near D’Mons Drive in Riverside. McCullen said Burns was working at ADT at the time of his death.
“He hadn’t shown up for work and hadn’t contacted any friends, which was abnormal,” Riverside Police Department Detective Joshua Collins said. “When officers made contact with the flat, they located the late Mr Burns inside. The Metro Squad investigation started from there.
Investigators are pursuing leads. They recovered Burns’ stolen truck. Police, however, continue to seek advice in the unsolved homicide case.
“Help us solve this problem. Try to get closure for the family and justice for the community,” Collins said. “Very few new leads came after the initial investigation.”
McCullen hopes someone will have the courage to help his family get justice. “I can’t even put into words how I really feel,” she said. “I miss my father.”
“He had two jobs. He was getting ready to buy a house,” Collins said. “By all accounts, he was a very nice gentleman.”
McCullen and his family members still want to know why this happened.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t give anything to get my dad back,” McCullen said. “I know it must be a heavy burden. Just move forward, please.
Family members are urging anyone with information to speak up. Anyone can call the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Hotline anonymously at 816-474-TIPS or use the QR code. Crime Stoppers offers up to $2,000 reward for any tip leading to an arrest for any criminal crime.
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