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Shawnee woman raising reward money for brother who died after being lit on fire

July 21, 2011

A Shawnee woman is leading the effort to raise reward money for a homicide victim who died after being burned over 97 percent of his body.

Debbie Cain, who owns Debbie’s Daycare, is the sister of Frank D. Locklear, who died July 2 in Kansas City, Kan.

The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Miami Avenue.

Locklear’s death initially appeared to be a suicide, Kansas City, Kan., police officer Stephen Smith said. Smith said there were conflicting stories but that further investigation revealed Locklear was involved in a confrontation with two other people.

Police now are investigating Locklear’s death as a homicide.

Doctors told Locklear’s family that the only part of his body that wasn’t burned was the bottom of his feet, Cain said. She said doctors said it appeared someone poured gasoline on him and lit him on fire.

Cain said she and other relatives thought Locklear was living with a woman in her home, a woman they had corresponded with and even sent gifts for her children. They learned after Locklear’s death that he was actually homeless; instead of living with the woman in her house, he had been living outside in a shed.

Locklear was an alcoholic and did not have a job, Cain said. “He had his demons.”

Yet he was well-liked in the neighborhood — helping others by fixing lawnmowers and taking care of odd jobs — and did not deserve to die the way he did, she said.

A reward of up to $1,500 is available for information leading to an arrest and charges in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8447) or submit tips online at kccrimestoppers.com.

To donate to the reward fund, mail checks to the Frank Locklear fund, U.S. Bank, 9900 W. 87th St., Overland Park KS, 66212.

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