Victim of south Kansas City shootings had strong NEJC ties

The Leawood Beauty Salon is owned by Susan Choucroun's husband, Charles.
The Leawood Beauty Salon is owned by Susan Choucroun’s husband, Charles.

Susan Choucroun, 69, one of three people gunned down on a quiet cul-de-sac in south Kansas City Tuesday, had deep ties to northeast Johnson County.

Susan Choucroun
Susan Choucroun
Choucroun’s husband Charles is the owner of the Leawood Beauty Salon on the north side of the the Leawood Shops at Somerset and Lee Boulevard. Both of the Choucrouns were active members of Congregation Ohev Shalom, just east of the intersection of 75th Street and Nall in Prairie Village.

Ohev Shalom Rabbi Scott White said Wednesday that Susan would be deeply missed. White had known Choucroun for approximately 10 years, he said, and for the last five of those, the two had gotten together for monthly lunch dates before going to visit Choucroun’s aging mother. Over the course of those lunches, White got to know a woman who was deeply passionate about social justice and the environment.

“She was a true child of the 60s,” White said. “She has this passion for justice that you could just feel the intensity for. You could see it through her broad community involvement. She never lost that passion.”

Among other activities, Choucroun has been a vocal advocate for creating environmentally sustainable places of worship. She was also involved in ensuring minority representation in the construction of the Power & Light District.

“Susan was a lot of fun to be with,” White said. “We shared a lot of laughs.”

The Leawood Beauty Salon has informed customers it will be closed through Sept. 10 as Charles deals with the death of his wife.

Choucroun was the first of the three shooting victims police found when they arrived at East Woodbridge Lane around 1 p.m. Tuesday. She had been shot in her driveway. On Wednesday, police arrested 34 year old Brandon Howell on suspicion of the murders.