Yuma Street incident ruled murder-suicide

By Katherine Wartell

Riley County police said the deaths of Amanda Bonner, 23, and Kawon Higgins, 26, whose bodies were found in Bonner’s residence on Dec. 30, appear to be the result of a murder-suicide, with Higgins being the aggressor.

At 2:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call about the discovery of their bodies at 715 Yuma St. and said they investigated their deaths as suspicious from the beginning. Lt. Josh Kyle said the deaths appear to be related to an ongoing domestic situation.

A neighbor of Bonner said Higgins had a history of harassing Bonner, including peeping in her windows on multiple occasions and slashing her tires and the tires of her boyfriend. She said the police were called on Higgins about a dozen separate times.

Kyle said Bonner had protective orders filed against Higgins, but they were dropped prior to Friday’s incident.

Bonner and Higgins had children together, Lt. Josh Kyle said, but they were not present at the time of the alleged murder-suicide.

Lt. Josh Kyle said that an official classification of their deaths is pending from the coroner’s office in Kansas City.

He also reported that family members of Bonner allegedly broke into her residence on Dec. 31 to retrieve personal property. Kyle said the matter is under investigation.

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