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Police: Woman and child found dead at 55th and Wabash

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A close family friend told KCTV5 the mother's cousin went to pick up the woman's two children about 7:15 p.m. She found the door open and the 1-year-old boy wandering around unattended. (Betsy Webster/KCTV) A close family friend told KCTV5 the mother's cousin went to pick up the woman's two children about 7:15 p.m. She found the door open and the 1-year-old boy wandering around unattended. (Betsy Webster/KCTV)
Police described the scene as "unimaginable" but have no suspect information. (@KCTVPhotogDwain) Police described the scene as "unimaginable" but have no suspect information. (@KCTVPhotogDwain)
The cousin found the woman's body and, when she went outside to call police, discovered the child's body. (@KCTVPhotogDwain) The cousin found the woman's body and, when she went outside to call police, discovered the child's body. (@KCTVPhotogDwain)
Police are not releasing identities, but family and neighbors were certain the woman in her 20s found dead is the woman who moved in just a few days ago and the girl is her 4-year-old daughter whom no one has seen. (Betsy Webster/KCTV) Police are not releasing identities, but family and neighbors were certain the woman in her 20s found dead is the woman who moved in just a few days ago and the girl is her 4-year-old daughter whom no one has seen. (Betsy Webster/KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A disturbing discovery was made in Kansas City's eastside Friday night. A woman and a young girl were found dead inside a duplex near 55th Street and Wabash Avenue.

It was an atmosphere of absolute heartbreak and raw emotion as family and friends got word that one of the victims was a little girl.

Police are not releasing identities, but family and neighbors were certain the woman in her 20s found dead is the woman who moved in just a few days ago, and the girl is her 4-year-old daughter whom no one has seen.

A close family friend told KCTV5 the mother's cousin went to pick up the woman's two children about 7:15 p.m. She found the door open and the 1-year-old boy wandering around unattended, so she looked further and found the mother dead.

The cousin immediately called police and left the house, before finding the second victim, who police describe as a four to 6-year-old girl.

Family gave KCTV5 a photo of 3-year-old Damiah White when they thought she was missing, and gave KCTV5 permission to use it now that they believe she is dead. The AdHoc Group Against Crime said she would have celebrated her fourth birthday next month.

While police are not confirming if the little girl is the one found dead, her family said they are certain it is her. They said her mother, Myeisha Turner, was a dedicated mother, who was in nursing school. They said Damiah was the kind of girl who would have tried to protect her mother if she saw her in harm's way.

"Cases such as these, involving a child…the crime of homicide is horrible in itself, but when it involves a child, it's unimaginable," said Sgt. Stacey Graves with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department. "Our hearts go out to the family."

AdHoc said they will hold a vigil Sunday at 5 p.m. at 55th and Wabash for the victims' family and friends. They've posted flyers around the neighborhood in hopes that someone will come forward and speak out about what happened.

"If you speak up for no one else, speak up for that child who lost their life, who could not defend herself, who could not defend her mother and who had so much to live for, but has now been taken away from her family and she deserves justice, she deserves to (have someone) speak up. It angers me that this child was murdered," said Bryan Dial, the executive director of AdHoc.

Friday's deaths mark Kansas City's 71st and 72nd homicides of the year.

Police described the scene as "unimaginable" but have no suspect information. They are urging anybody with information on this horrifying crime to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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