Neighbors in the newly built Kansas City subdivision where the couple had lived since April were stunned by Saturday’s violent events.
Kristen VanMeter, 31, lives near the couple and said also she had taken community-college courses with Perkins. VanMeter said the couple threw “a lot of parties” but said she heard nothing unusual the morning of the killing.
“It’s a surprise,” she said. “There had to of been something that triggered it.”
Shawn Martin, vice president of the neighborhood homeowners association, said she wasn’t aware of any problems that preceded the shooting.
“She was a really good person to be around and a lot of fun,” York said. “She was somebody you could call when you were down and she would talk you through it. She would lift you back up and make you feel happy again if you were sad or upset.”