Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of two in Kansas
A former standout basketball player for Lexington Christian Academy and Campbellsville University was killed in a murder-suicide in Kansas Sunday.
Police in Shawnee, Kansas, said Tuesday that Courtney Bivins, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., died after being shot by Joshua P. Mobley, 34, of Mission, Kansas, who then killed himself.
Officials at Campbellsville University confirmed that Bivins was previously known as Courtney Clifton.
A news release from the university said she was a nurse and had been “actively pursuing a career field in anesthesiology.”
Police in Kansas said Bivins and Mobley were “close friends” but were not in a domestic relationship.
Shawnee police said in a news release that Kansas City police had contacted them at 12:55 p.m. Sunday and asked them to “check the area for a possibly endangered person.”
Officers who arrived on Frisbie Road near Riverfront Park in Western Shawnee found Bivins and Mobley dead, according to a news release.
She played four years at LCA, winning a state championship. She graduated in 2009.
LCA Coach Jason Seamands told the Herald-Leader in 2009 that “Courtney has as good a shot preparation of any player I’ve seen, boy or girl. She can get her feet set, shoulders squared, and it gives every ball she shoots a chance.”
As a college freshman, she played in 19 games at Western Kentucky University before leaving the team to focus on academics.
She transferred to Campbellsville, where she ranked 14th in the NAIA for three-point shooting and 18th for total scoring during her senior year.
She is also ranked 14th on Campbellsville’s women’s all-time scoring record.
“She could shoot it with the best of them,” said Campbellsville Sports Information Director Jordan Alves.
She graduated from Campbellsville in 2013 with a biology degree.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy,” Campbellsville President Michael V. Carter said in a release. “Courtney was fun to watch on the court, and I remember her talents fondly during her time as a Lady Tiger. We ask that everyone involved with Campbellsville University keep the Clifton and Bivins families in their prayers during this time.”
The university said funeral arrangements had not been made.