Girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs fan found dead says he wasn’t a drug addict and claims he ‘was in wrong place at wrong time’
The girlfriend of one of three Kansas City Chiefs fans found mysteriously dead in a friend’s backyard has shut down rumors that he was a drug addict.
Lorie Kruse said her partner David Harrington was ‘a really good guy’ and said he was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’.
Harrington (37) was found dead along with Ricky Johnson (38) and Clayton McGeeney (36) on January 9 in the backyard of Jordan Willis’ home in Kansas City, Missouri.
Police have released few details about the circumstances, but said it is not being treated as a homicide, leading to speculation that drugs or alcohol may have been involved.
“David was not a drug addict as they say,” Lorie Kruse said NewsNation. ‘He was a good guy. Very good guy.’
Lorie Kruse, girlfriend of David Harrington who was among three Kansas City Chiefs fans found dead in their friend’s yard, has denied he is a drug addict
David Harrington (far left), Clayton McGeeney (far right) and Ricky Johnson (right) are shown with two unidentified fellow Chiefs fans, none of whom are believed to be involved in the mystery. Harrington, McGeeney and Johnson were found dead in the backyard of another man’s home on January 9
Willis told police the men froze to death in his backyard. Their loved ones have raised questions about the lack of reporting of their bodies, and the snow they say was not deep enough to submerge them
She admitted that there had been a lot of misinformation about the case on social media, with vile trolls even mocking the deaths on TikTok.
“People laugh about it … because they don’t know these people, and my kids see that,” Kruse said. “I was open with them and we deal with it and we learn from it.
“We have six children who don’t have a father, we have families, we have friends, and we all hurt and I don’t want to hear what everyone has to say, but I do.
‘David was a good guy. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
Harrington’s mother told the outlet that Willis may have more information than previously thought.
“I believe Jordan does know,” she said. ‘And I’m asking Jordan to please come forward and tell the truth because he does know what happened that night. … He is the only one who can give all our families some peace.’
David Harrington was found dead on his friend’s property on January 9th
Clayton McGeeney (36) (left) and Ricky Johnson (right) were also found dead in the backyard
However, Harrington’s father, Jon, admitted the men could have taken ‘questionable’ drugs.
‘I’m aware they may have used some substances that were questionable – but the idea was to get high, not die. If they were supposed to be friends, why didn’t (Willis) come find them,’ the grieving father told Fox News.
“I’m sure they have a hundred different answers to that, but that’s my question.”
But Willis’ father said he would ‘never in a million years do anything’, amid wild speculation from the men’s relatives about how they ended up dead.
Officials are still awaiting the results of a toxicology report.
The men were discovered dead on Willis’s yard by the fiancee of one of the men who broke into the house on January 9 and found him on the back porch.
Family of the deceased described how they tried to contact them in the two days they were missing, while a fifth man also tried to reach Willis without success.
One of the bodies was found on the back porch of the property by the fiancee of one of the men, who broke in after getting no response from Willis.
The other two bodies were found in the backyard. Police initially said there was no foul play, but have yet to confirm the cause of death for the three men
Talge said his client then received a text two days later from McGeeney’s fiancee and Johnson’s mother asking where they were.
Picerno told NewsNation that phone records can prove that Willis never sent any text messages during the time frame, indicating that he did not check his phone for incoming messages.
Willis has denied any wrongdoing and has not faced any charges. He told police the men froze to death in his backyard while he slept inside with music and a fan on to prevent him from hearing their cries for help.