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Raymond Leroy Littrell

born:  November 12, 1940
Kansas City, Missouri

died:  January 24, 2014
Claycomo, Clay County, Missouri

cause of death:  Homicide - Gun Shot Wounds

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Raymond L. (Rapid Ray) Littrell, 73, of Claycomo, MO, passed away January 24, 2014. Raymond was born November 12, 1940 in Kansas City, MO, to the late Frank F. and Helen I. Littrell. He was also preceded in death by his sister Frankie J. Littrell. Raymond like hunting, fishing, gardening, building and driving race cars. He was also the owner of Clay County Rebuilders. Survivors: his brother Chuck Littrell, sister Loretta Dugar; children Lori Craig, Lana Stockwell, Chris Littrell, and Elizabeth Williams; grandchildren Christopher, Emily, Josh, Nina and Tyler. Services 10:00am Friday February 7, 2014 White Chapel Funeral Home Gladstone, MO. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00pm Thursday February 6, 2014 White Chapel Funeral Home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.dwnwhitechapel.com D. W. Newcomer's Sons Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematories 816-452-8419
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 2, 2014


Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
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Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
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Gladstone, MO 64119

News Article #1

Business owner shot to death in Claycomo; daughter is critically wounded
Kansas City Star, January 24, 2014

A well-known Claycomo business owner and racing enthusiast was shot to death late Friday afternoon and his daughter was critically wounded in what authorities were calling a domestic dispute.

About two hours after the killing of Raymond Littrell, 73, his son turned himself in at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Liberty. Frank Littrell was accompanied by a family member who had called 911 and told authorities he wanted to come in. The two were told to drive to the Sheriff’s Office, shut the engine off, turn the dome light on, open the windows, and place their hands out of their windows, according to authorities.

The shootings occurred about 5:15 p.m. within Clay County Engine Rebuilders, 46 E. U.S. 69. Jack Foster, public safety director for Claycomo said the dead man was the owner of the business. Raymond Littrell was known for building high-end racing motors and for racing cars and boats himself. The business, which dates to 1966, is also known as Ray’s Automotive..

“He’s just a great guy,” said friend Jeff Holman, who was among many people who came to the shop Friday upon hearing the news. “There were so many people that loved him.”

The suspected shooter had been seen fleeing south on Interstate 35. Foster said the weapon used was a .45 handgun.   “As far as we know, it was a domestic dispute, maybe child custody,” Foster said.

The wounded woman was taken to North Kansas City Hospital.

Raymond Littrell reportedly owned several properties near his shop, several of which had apartments that he would make available to people who needed a place to stay, said family friend Christina Smith. She said Littrell built professional racing motors and raced at Lakeside Speedway and Valley Speedway in Grain Valley. She said he had won numerous championships. His office reportedly was adorned with racing trophies. “It’s shocking. It’s terrible,” Smith said as law officers worked the crime scene. “Ray would do anything for anyone. He was the epitome of a good person, for the whole community.”

News Article #2

LIBERTY, Mo. - An ongoing argument about child custody and borrowed tools led a man to kill his father and shoot his sister, said Clay County detectives in charging documents. Frank Warren Littrell is being held on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his father, Raymond Littrell and three others charges that include shooting his sister, Elizabeth Williams, three times. The younger Littrell was taken into custody Friday evening after a friend said Frank wished to surrender to authorities, according to the probable cause statement.

The friend told police Littrell said prior to his surrender that he'd hoped his father was dead and that he'd "emptied a whole clip into him."

The shooting happened late Friday afternoon at the shop the elder Littrell owned, Clay County Engine Rebuilders at 46 E. 69 Highway in Claycomo. In the probable cause statement, detectives state Frank Littrell showed up at his father's business and shot him while his father pleaded for his son to not shoot. After shooting him in the chest, Littrell allegedly shot his father twice more before shooting his sister three times. She was still in the hospital on Sunday morning.

During a confrontation with another brother, Littrell's gun didn't fire, according to detectives. Frank Littrell was taken into custody about 7:40 p.m. He is expected to appear before a Clay County judge Monday afternoon and is currently being held on a $1 million bond.
KSHB.com January 25, 2014