KANSAS CITY, MO - FATHER faces murder charges for slaying of mother, daughter


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Family and friends are mourning the loss of a mother and daughter found dead in their home Thursday morning.

The family has confirmed for KCTV5 that Jackie Riley, 55, and her daughter Naushay Riley, 36, are the names of the two women found dead. Naushay Riley's ex boyfriend killed her in front of her two young sons, according to police and family members.

Rufus Young, 3519 Norton Ave., was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree child endangerment, according to online court records.

Young was not in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

According to court documents, Young is considered a "danger to the community," and the judge in the case will not set bond once he is in custody.

Melvin Roberson, the ex-husband of Jackie and Naushay's father, acknowledged there were problems between his daughter and the suspect. He said Young called his sister to tell her that he killed the women.

"He said, ‘Go over there and get your family. I just killed them and I'm going to kill you next.' It still hasn't set in. It's still a dream," said Roberson.

According to police, Naushay Riley's 9- and 2-year-old sons are safe with other family members.

Police say they received the call to come to the residence about 1:45 a.m. Thursday.

In the meantime, the family is pleading for Young to turn himself in.

Naushay was employed at the Kansas City Health Department as a social worker. In 2009, she was promoted to the role of public health specialist and worked with the Children with Special Healthcare Needs program.

She was working toward her master's degree.

The health department says she was a valued and loved colleague and friend whose life was tragically taken.

"Nashua was dedicated to making Kansas City a better place to live," Rex Archer, director of the Health Department, said in a news release. "It is a great family loss, a great loss to our public health family and the community. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family. Our hearts and thoughts are with the children Naushay leaves behind."

Family members say Young terrorized Naushay Riley after the two broke up.

"It's been a back and forth with this guy," said her uncle, Robert Hauer.

Roberson said on Wednesday night that he had asked his sister to call police when Young pulled a knife on his daughter. Hours later, the two women were dead.

"I know these domestic things can turn into more than it should be, which happened tonight," he said.

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