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Two killed, one arrested in connection with Saturday night shooting in northeast Columbia


Columbia police have arrested a man in connection with a double homicide that happened in northeast Columbia late Saturday night.

Police arrested Cadilac Derrick 35, in Moberly on suspicion of two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action, according to a Columbia Police Department social media post.

Police responded to reports of shots fired around 11 p.m Saturday on the 1600 block of Boyd Lane.

When police arrived they found a woman dead and another with gunshot wounds. Police later identified the initial victim as Lea'johna Sanders, 22, of Columbia.

Lea'Johna Sanders

The injured woman, Laura Myers, 53, of Columbia was taken to a local hospital by EMS and later died from her injuries.

Laura Myers

He remained in the Boone County Jail on Saturday without bond.

This was the fourth weekend in a row that Columbia police reported a shooting with at least one person injured.

Sanders's uncle Anthony Flowers said Sunday morning that Sanders was Myers's granddaughter.

Flowers said that if the shooting didn't take place, Myers would have been at work Sunday afternoon.

"I just went to her job and notified them of the circumstances. She was hardworking, hardworking, hardworking," Flowers said.

Flowers also said Sanders was a good mother.

"If she wasn't working today, she would probably be with her son because that's all she lived for," said Flowers.

Flowers implied that Sanders and Derrick had been in a romantic relationship. Flowers said Sanders and Derrick have faced challenges and believes events just went too far this time.

"Now there's a child that's going to be left with no parents, no grandparents, and it's just a tragedy when there was definitely something that could have prevented this." Flowers said. "He was beating her up and Laura went over there to intervene and before she could put the phone down she heard a gun shot, and god only knows what happened when she walked in."

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