Bobby Edwards was shocked Friday when he got a call from Springfield police saying his son had been killed.
But in a way, Edwards had been waiting for that call for a long time.
“We had the fear in the back of our minds for years that something like this could happen to him,” Edwards said Tuesday.
Edwards said that when his son — David J. Edwards — was clean, he was a funny, caring, responsible man.
But David Edwards struggled with drug addiction for most of his adult life.
On Friday morning, police say they found David Edwards, 45, stabbed to death inside a home in the 1100 block of West Division Street. No one has been arrested in connection with the homicide.
Bobby Edwards said he understands that involvement in the drug world often leads to a violent end. But he can’t understand why someone would want to kill his son, a friendly man who seemed to get along with everyone.
“He never met a stranger,” Bobby Edwards said. “He would talk to anybody.”
Police have not released many details about what led up to the homicide, only that the initial 911 call came in at 4:20 a.m. reporting that someone had been injured at the home. Bobby Edwards said he’s been in contact with a detective, and he trusts the police department to solve the case.
Over the last five days, Bobby Edwards said he’s been reminded of the good times he had with his son.
Many of those positive (and heartbreaking) memories center around watching Kansas City Chiefs football games.
Bobby Edwards said his son, like him, was a die-hard Chiefs fan who wanted little more than to see his team play in the Super Bowl.
The Edwards men were watching together on Jan. 20 when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat the Chiefs in a thrilling AFC Championship game.
Bobby Edwards said it’s been difficult to process the fact that if the Chiefs (betting favorites to win next year’s championship) can go all the way in 2020, he won’t be able to enjoy the experience with his only son.
“He will never see the Chiefs in the Super Bowl,” Bobby Edwards said.
David Edwards was born and raised in Springfield. He played Little League baseball and graduated from Glendale High School, where he was a member of the chorus.
As an adult, David Edwards worked several jobs, including for a few years at SRC Manufacturing, according to his father.
But holding down a long-term job was difficult for David Edwards due to his drug issues, which often led to arrests for crimes like stealing and trespassing.
Despite his run-ins with the law, David Edwards never lost the support of his parents.
Bobby Edwards chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled picking his son up from prison a few years ago and stopping at the same Sedalia McDonald’s they had visited when David Edwards was just 8 months old.
“At least I have teeth this time,” David Edwards had quipped as they pulled into the parking lot.
It is his son’s ability to bring levity to a tense situation that Bobby Edwards said he has been missing this week.
“He had a great sense of humor,” Bobby Edwards said.
Bobby Edwards could use a few of those smiles as he prepares for the tasks no father should have to face.
“It’s tough planning your child’s funeral,” he said. “That shouldn’t happen.”
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
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