‘He died in my arms’: Newlywed seeks justice in 2017 slaying

KOIN 6 Unsolved

Kacey Platt was shot to death November 28, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “There’s not one night I haven’t dreamed of it. I dream about it every night,” Tosha Morgan-Platt said. “So I don’t sleep very well.”

What she dreams about is the nightmare that unfolded just 29 days after she married Kacey Platt, the love of her life. As they sat in their white SUV in a driveway near SE Stark and 157th, Kacey Platt was shot to death. He was 33.

Tosha Morgan-Platt wants justice for the unsolved 2017 murder of her husband, Kacey Platt. September 2019 (KOIN)

“His dad died when he was 5 so he went through a lot of sad in his life and he just didn’t want people to be sad,” she said. “He was the life of the party. He really was.”

She and Kacey knew each other for about 2 years. “My kids clicked with him and it was really good. My dogs liked him so I always tell people if my dogs like you, then you’re OK.”

The couple was looking at buying a house. She grew medical marijuana “for several different people to help them out.”

Kacey Platt, who was shot to death November 28, 2017, seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy: Tosha Morgan-Platt)

Kacey worked in the warehouse at Dave’s Killer Bread to make money. But his real passion was jamming in a band with friends. That’s what took them to that area on November 28, 2017.

Kacey Platt’s drum kit. Platt was shot to death November 28, 2017. Undated photo. (Courtesy: Tosha Morgan-Platt)

Tosha told KOIN 6 News Kacey met some people on Craigslist selling drum parts. “He wanted to have this huge rack. He loved Rush,” she said, “and he wanted that.”

She said they went to a house off Stark Street to trade 2 ounces of marijuana they grew for the drum parts. But when they parked in the driveway, she said, 2 men approached their SUV from the street. One stood behind their truck while the other did the talking.

“The guy was, like, ‘Can I see the stuff?’ And he was acting all weird and jumped in the back seat acting all weird and I’m, like, ‘ Yeah,’ and I handed him some of it. He goes, ‘Where’s the rest of it?’ And I’m like, ‘Right here.’ And then he spins around and he had a gun and I was, like, whoa! My husband always carried our gun with us.”

One man shouted to the other — “Gun!” — and the next thing Tosha said she heard was gunfire.

The intersection of SE Stark and 157th in Portland, September 2019 (KOIN)

“And my husband is screaming, ‘Baby, baby, I’ve been shot’ and ‘Baby, I can’t breathe!'”

Kacey fired back, she said, and “somehow he put it into reverse” in an effort to get away.

“I don’t know how I got out of the truck but I was out of the truck when he hit the (nearby telephone) pole,” she said. “I don’t know how I got out. I don’t remember. I don’t remember. But a lady says she saw me fall out of the truck.”

She only remembers running up to the crashed SUV. “He’s gasping for air and I’m holding him, like, I’m, like, ‘Baby, what do I do?’ and then all these people came out and they’re calling 911. And he just died in my arms. And then the police showed up after that.”

Kacey was shot twice, hitting an artery in his shoulder. Tosha said she was told he died within a minute.

Nearly 2 years later no one has been arrested in the shooting death of Kacey Platt. “It’s like we’re at a wall and no one’s helping,” she said. “I mean, there were so many people out there.”

Tosha Morgan-Platt said she honestly doesn’t know why they shot Kacey.

“They wanted the stuff and they didn’t want to” trade anything, she said. “But it’s 2 ounces of marijuana. I would have just gave it to them if they really wanted it. I would have given it to them.”

Every day she dreams of the same thing — justice.

“If the police can’t get them, karma has to. And that’s what keeps me going. Karma has to do it,” she said. “I’m proud to have his last name. He’s a good man. It’s the world’s loss.”

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information on the case. If you have a tip, you can leave it anonymously.
You can also call 503.823.4357.

Kacey Platt, who was shot to death November 28, 2017, seen in an undated photo with his wife, Tosha Morgan-Platt. (Courtesy: Tosha Morgan-Platt)

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