Death Of Local Real Estate Agent Kansas City

Police in Kansas City said two teens were arrested in connection with the slaying of Yuri Ives in his Gladstone Avenue home Tuesday afternoon.

The Kansas City Police Department said a Ali Cubba and Zachary Kimbrell were arrested Wednesday night in connection with the crime. A police release said charges were likely to come later Thursday.Ives held many meetings and political fundraisers at his house in Northeast Kansas City. Even the mayor said he attended some of the those gatherings. On Wednesday night, city leaders gathered to talk about Yuri's impact on Kansas City, and said they are shocked he was attacked inside of his own home."Yuri's passing is a real blow for the entire city, but especially the old Northeast," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser.Surrounded by residents who call the Northeast their home, Funkhouser held a news conference just blocks away from where a vital member of the community was killed. Fifty-four year old Yuri Ives was killed at his home at 511 Gladstone on Monday night.His death shocked his friends and family and even the mayor, who remembers shaking Yuri's hand at his watch party last week, was choked up talking about his longtime supporter and friend."With the death of Yuri, I lost a real ally," said Funkhouser.Ives was a real estate agent who spent his personal and professional time encouraging others to move into the historic neighborhood."I actually helped introduce Yuri to the area. He had a passion for historic homes and loved giving them life," said Lesley Blank, a friend of Ives.Police still haven't said how Ives was killed, but they did say it was no stranger, but an acquaintance who carried out the crime. As police continue their investigation, Ives' friends said they won't stop his fight to rebuild the neighborhood, making it a safe and beautiful gem in Kansas City."To honor Yuri, I ask those in political office to stand up and say enough is enough. Time to turn this neighborhood around," said Adam Schieber, president of Scarritt Neighborhood.

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