2nd suspect in double homicide        arrested


A second suspect is in custody for her alleged role in a double homicide Sunday morning in northwest Cherokee County.

Kimberly Blizzard, a.k.a. Kimberly Seely, 29, of Pittsburg was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

“The investigation into the murders of Blaze Swank and Kylan Shook continues, and as a result of information and evidence gathered since Sunday morning, Cherokee County investigators along with members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Blizzard this afternoon in McCune,” according to a statement from Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Blizzard is being held in the Cherokee County Jail without bond on an allegation of aiding and abetting capital murder.

Mark Gerald Hopkins II, 29, of Columbus was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday in Fairland, Oklahoma. He was returned to Kansas Monday afternoon and is also being held in the Cherokee County Jail without bond on capital murder charges.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies and detectives were called to near Northwest 19th Terrace and Cardinal Lane in Carona at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, where the bodies of Swank and Shook were discovered. Both had been shot.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact law enforcement at 800-KS-CRIME, (620) 429-3992 or by texting “tip cherokee” followed by the information to 888777.

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