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Examiner
  • Insurance agent's death was a homicide

  • The death of an Independence insurance agent has been ruled a homicide, Independence police say.


    Randy E. Stone, 42, was found around 5 p.m. March 31 inside his insurance office at 13912 E. Noland Court Suite A, in the Farmers Insurance office. Stone was an independent agent with the company and had been for the past 13 years, according to his obituary.

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  • The death of an Independence insurance agent has been ruled a homicide, Independence police say.
    Randy E. Stone, 42, was found around 5 p.m. March 31 inside his insurance office at 13912 E. Noland Court Suite A, in the Farmers Insurance office. Stone was an independent agent with the company and had been for the past 13 years, according to his obituary.
    Police released no other information on the ongoing investigation, including the cause of death.
    Family recalls Stone as a caring, loving man toward his family and friends and strangers.
    “He was one of the sweetest boys on earth,” said Clara Stone Koehler, Randy’s mother. “He was my hero. My son loved his family.”
    Stone, of Independence, left behind a wife, a daughter and son.
    His family can’t understand who or why someone would kill Randy.
    “I’m just beside myself,” his mother said. “I just can’t believe that anybody would want to kill him. I don’t know of any enemies he’s ever had.”
    Joann Love, Stone’s second cousin, said : “I have no idea who would do this. Whoever had done this had to be evil.”
    Stone grew up in Kansas City, where Koehler lives now. Stone moved to Independence after he married his wife, Teresa. The Examiner left a message for Teresa that was not returned.
    “He was a wonderful man,” said Love, of Independence. “He was everyone’s best friend. He always had time for you. We could always count on him if we had any questions about our insurance or personal questions. He always took time to listen.”
    Love was devastated when she heard about his death. She did not find out until the following day, on Thursday, when a family member called her.
    After getting the news, Love called her husband, who immediately burst into tears. “My husband (David) would tell you Randy was his best friend and his buddy,” Love said.
    Stone’s visitation on Monday evening started at 6 p.m. It was well-attended.
    “We got there at 6:05 and stood in line for almost an hour to get up to see him,” she said.
    The visitation lasted about four hours, Koehler said. It was scheduled for two hours.
    Police detectives are encouraging anyone who may have been in the area or may have information about this homicide to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Independence Investigations Unit at 816-325-7330.
     

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