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Sunday Wichita Homicide Over Drugs

We now know that the shooting outside a Wichita motel Sunday evening was over drugs.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 34-year-old Justin Gaston was identified Tuesday as the victim. Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Daniel Kemmerly was booked into jail Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder in Gaston’s Sunday night killing in the parking lot behind the Citi Host Motel. Kemmerly also was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said Tuesday that Kemmerly, Gaston and a 34-year-old woman were all in a car that pulled into the motel parking lot on Sunday evening. An argument broke out over meth, and Gaston was shot. Police say the car Gaston got out of had been reported stolen and was later found in the 5500 block of 53rd St. South engulfed in flames.

Kemmerly had past convictions for crimes that included aggravated arson, criminal use of explosives, criminal damage to property and a weapons violation.

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