Missouri woman, 21, ‘tracks down her 16-year-old brother’s suspected murderer and kills him’

A Missouri woman seeking revenge for the death of her brother, tracked down the 16-year-old’s alleged murderer and fatally gunned him down just three days after the teen was killed.  

Tityana Coppage, 21, was charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of 36-year-old Keith Lars, a release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office reads. She is currently being held on a $200,000 cash bond.

Court records state that Lars was found in the back of a Toyota near Virginia Avenue and Admiral Boulevard in Kansas City on January 13, with officers determining that the shooting had occurred close to the 500 block of Benton Boulevard. 

Tityana Coppage, 21, was charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of 36-year-old Keith Lars

Tityana Coppage, 21, was charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of 36-year-old Keith Lars

Tityana Coppage, 21, was charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of 36-year-old Keith Lars

Lars was found in the back of a Toyota near Virginia Avenue and Admiral Boulevard in Kansas City on January 13

Lars was found in the back of a Toyota near Virginia Avenue and Admiral Boulevard in Kansas City on January 13

Lars was found in the back of a Toyota near Virginia Avenue and Admiral Boulevard in Kansas City on January 13

At that scene, police found 23 shell casing from two types of bullets. 

Police used surveillance footage and eyewitness account to find the Ford Escape that Coppage had been driving, KCTV reports. 

Coppage told authorities that she knew Lars would be near Independence Avenue and Benton, with her meeting him there before following the victim. She did admit to calling Lars prior to the shooting, but claimed that it was in hopes that he and her father would settle their differences before killing each other.

Lars opened fire from the vehicle he was riding in and exchanged gunfire with Coppage, who was shooting from her own vehicle. The probable cause affidavit states that Coppage described the shooting as one of self defense. 

Coppage is also said to have sent a text to her dead brother, 16-year-old Jason Ugwuh, telling him: 'Sent a [expletive] to my brother I owe em that body.' She believed Lars was responsible for the teen's death

Coppage is also said to have sent a text to her dead brother, 16-year-old Jason Ugwuh, telling him: 'Sent a [expletive] to my brother I owe em that body.' She believed Lars was responsible for the teen's death

Coppage is also said to have sent a text to her dead brother, 16-year-old Jason Ugwuh, telling him: ‘Sent a [expletive] to my brother I owe em that body.’ She believed Lars was responsible for the teen’s death

The gun recovered from Coppage was determined to be the same gun used in the shooting, based off ballistics and forensic examination, the probable cause affidavit reads. 

A review of Coppage’s cell phone revealed texts she sent to a contact named ‘Auntie,’ asking for .45-caliber bullets. She then reportedly texted, ‘LOL I sued (used) to many on bro.’

Coppage is also said to have sent a text to her dead brother, 16-year-old Jason Ugwuh, telling him: ‘Sent a [expletive] to my brother I owe em that body.’

Ugwuh was shot and killed on January 10 near Paloma Avenue and Topping Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. He was standout basketball player at Hogan Preparatory Academy, where he was a junior.

In 2016, the siblings experienced more tragedy when their younger brother and cousin, eight-year-old Jayden Ugwuh and nine-year-old Montell Ross, were shot and killed while sleeping in their home at 57th Street and College Avenue.

The murder of the two boys, who were gunned down after someone shot into the house, has remained unsolved.  

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