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Springfield, Mo.- The lone survivor of a motel room ambush that initially claimed the lives of three people has died.
Springfield police say 24 year-old Christopher K. Freeman died today at a local hospital following the early Saturday (11-15-14) morning mass killings at the Economy Inn on the city’s north side.
A long term resident of the pay-by-the-week motel in the 2500 block on N. Glenstone says he heard a scuffle and what sounded like someone being thrown against the wall of room 149 between 4 and 5 a.m. Authorities were called to the motel around 7:45 a.m. by someone who found an unresponsive man on the floor of the room.
What authorities found when they got there was what will go down as one of the worst mass killings in the city’s history. Dead were Danielle J. Keyes, Trevor Fantroy and Lewis Green. Sources say over a dozen shots were fired inside the motel room and all the victims were shot in the head. Freeman, the lone survivor, was rushed to Mercy hospital where he died today.
Courtesy Johnny Williamson
Room 149 in the back corner of the motel was rented on a long term basis by Lewis Green. Green, a registered sex offender, listed the address of the motel as his home on paperwork he was required to keep up to date with the sheriff’s office for online registration as a sex offender. He had been in and out of trouble with the law since his release from prison in 2000.
At the time of his death Fantroy was a wanted man. Court records say he failed to appear for drug tests and missed a court date. He was scheduled to be sentenced on a drug charge on November 21st.
Freeman had a minor brush with the law after a fight with a neighbor in 2011. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was placed on probation after 180 day shock incarceration.
Keyes, who according to her Facebook page had only moved to Springfield 11 days before her death, appears to have no criminal history in Missouri. She grew up near Lawrence, Kansas. The day before her death she was desperately searching for a way “home.”
“I need to get home can anyone come get me I will provide gas money???,” she wrote. Her sister responded and asked her where “exactly” home was.
There was no response.
Authorities are asking for help from the public in solving this crime. If you can help you’re asked to call 417-864-1810 or you can make an anonymous call to CrimeStoppers at 417-869-8477.