TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Topeka entered new territory Tuesday, marking the deadliest year in the city’s history.
A domestic violence situation that ended with the deaths of two people was officially ruled a murder-suicide on Tuesday. It’s the 29th killing in Topeka this year, breaking the record set in 1994 of 28.
Police identified the victims in Monday’s incident as Tabitha Krystofosky and her estranged husband, John Krystofosky, both of Topeka. The two 27 year olds died in the 1100 block of High Ave. When officers arrived they observed a subject with a gun followed by multiple sounds of shots being fired. Police list Tabitha Krystofosky as a murder victim and John Krystofosky as a suicide victim.
Topeka City Councilwoman Sandra Clear said this crime wave comes down to a societal problem and is something she believes will take more than just police.
“We’re going to have to start paying attention and having others pay attention and know your neighbors and get involved,” said Clear.
Here is a breakdown of the killings in Topeka this year:
|1/17/2017||SE 7th St & SE Brookside Dr||1||Wahweotten, Brian (45)|
|1/22/2017||321 SE Pinecrest Dr||2||Franklin, Detryck (25)|
|3/4/2017||2305 SE Belleview Ave||3||Hodge, Kianna (18)|
|3/12/2017||115 NW Grant St||4||Leavitt, Matthew (19)|
|5||Fisher, Nicole (38)|
|6||Davis, Luke (20)|
|4/23/2017||1515 SW 15th St||7||Lowry, Matthew (29)|
|4/30/2017||4100 SW 28th St||8||Gueary, Larry (29)|
|9||Galvez, Jesus (64)|
|10||Galvez, Soren (20)|
|5/1/2017||3031 SW 33rd St||11||Snyder, Stephen (36)|
|5/8/2017||2715 SE Indiana Ave||12||Moten, Reginald (39)|
|6/2/2017||1001 SW Wanamaker Rd||13||Baker, Jason (34)|
|6/7/2017||1338 SW Garfield Ave||14||Vazquez-Alcantor, Vivian (33)|
|6/18/2017||117 NE Hwy 24, #5||15||Wichman, Allen (66)|
|6/25/2017||715 SW Taylor St||16||King, Arden (18)|
|6/26/2017||3001 SW 10th Ave||17||Mitchell, Justice (19)|
|7/26/2017||21 SW Arvonia||18||Joseph Irwin (18)|
|8/19/2017||1501 SW Topeka||19||Vetaw, Kenneth (44)|
|8/24/2017||2840 SE Highland Ct||20||Plummer, Eric Bryant (32)|
|9/24/2017||800 SW Polk, #21||21||O’Conner, Thomas (61)|
|9/22/2017||800 SW Polk, #36||22||Crank, Chance (22)|
|9/28/2017||SE 3rd St & SE Lawrence St||23||White, Dominique (30)|
|9/28/2017||NW 14th St & NW Gage Blvd||24||Jacobs, Robert (36)|
|10/3/2017||1324 SW Western Ave #5||25||Jernagin, Joshua (30)|
|10/9/2017||1500 Blk SW Western Ave||26||Sanders, Bondderick (23)|
|11/18/2017||1114 NW Jackson St||27||Davis, Donald (36)|
|11/27/2017||13th & Long||28||Vasquez, Faustino (46)|
|11/27/2017||1100 High Ave.||29||Krystofosky, Tabitha (27)|