Communities throughout the Kansas City area this week are preparing to commemorate Jordan MacDonald, the 21-year-old Prairie Village resident who authorities allege was killed by an acquaintance in DeSoto early Wednesday morning.
MacDonald, who attended high school in Bonner Springs, had been living with his grandmother Barb Nichols in Prairie Village for the past year and a half while he attended classes at Johnson County Community College. He was on track to earn a degree in spring 2014.
Services for MacDonald have been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Road. Pastor Alix Pridgen says she had a chance to meet and speak with MacDonald for two hours last March after his great-grandmother Marion Nichols passed away.
“[I] found him to be a deeply thoughtful, deeply caring young man with a strong love of family and a genuine desire to help people,” Pridgen said. “He was very intelligent and had a gift for poetry. Loved to clown around and keep people laughing. Adored his three little brothers who are much younger.”
MacDonald was a burgeoning musician who had released several hip-hop tracks produced with friends under the stage name J.M.A.C. the KC Kid. You can listen to some of his songs via the widget embedded below.
Dustin Adam Maynard, 31, is charged with first degree murder in MacDonald’s death. Pridgen said she understands MacDonald offered to drive Maynard a very short distance home after the two of them shared a drink at JT’s Bar and Grill, where MacDonald worked. The next morning, MacDonald’s body was found near the apartment complex where Maynard, a JT’s regular, lived. Maynard had his first court appearance scheduled Monday afternoon.
MacDonald is survived by his father Mike MacDonald and step-mother Denise MacDonald; his mother Heather (Nichols) Hall and step-father Michael Hall; his half-sister Michaela MacDonald; his three younger half-brothers, Joshua, Jesse and Jamison Hall, and his maternal grandmother, Barbara Nichols.
In lieu of flowers, MacDonald’s family will be establishing a scholarship in his honor. Gifts can be sent to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection with a note that they are for MacDonald’s memorial scholarship fund.