Kansas City journalist dies after being struck by bullet in her home

A younger radio journalist for a Kansas City public radio station died Sunday after struggling a gunshot wound in her condo, apparently from a bullet that pierced a window, her station reported.

Aviva Okeson-Haberman, 24, was discovered in her first-floor condo Friday afternoon, KCUR reported Sunday in asserting her dying.

Kansas City police Capt. Dave Jackson stated her dying is being investigated as a murder.

Okeson-Haberman was “an especially beloved friend and colleague just beginning what promised to be a brilliant career,” KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR station, stated.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly have been amongst those that expressed condolences.

“Aviva was a creative, thorough, challenging and insightful reporter. Always prepared, she told the full and complex story of our city in one of the most challenging years in its history,” Lucas tweeted. “Her life showed us her compassion for those who too often were voiceless.”

“Her death lays bare our gravest unsolved epidemic and the preventable tragedies too many families endure,” he wrote.

Okeson-Haberman had interned at KCUR and joined the station in June 2019 because the Missouri politics and authorities reporter.

“Aviva was brilliant,” KCUR information director Lisa Rodriguez stated in the station’s story about her dying. “Even as an intern, her method to storytelling and her skill to carry these in energy accountable paralleled many a veteran reporter.”

Okeson-Haberman was looking to move to Lawrence, Kansas, which is about 40 miles from downtown Kansas City, according to the station. She was transitioning into a new role covering social issues and criminal justice for the Kansas News Service, which is a reporting partnership.

A colleague who went to check on Okeson-Haberman got no answer and called authorities for a welfare check, and while waiting, she and some other women saw a bullet hole in the corner of a bedroom window and could see Okeson-Haberman wounded inside, the colleague said on air Monday.

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