Local actor Peter Fopeano shot and killed in KCK

The theater community was grieving Tuesday for the loss of one of their own — actor Peter Fopeano.

Fopeano was found shot to death Tuesday evening in Kansas City, Kan. Police, responding to reports of shots fired, found Fopeano in a car with the engine running near Fifth Street and Troup Avenue.

Fopeano, 43, had performed with community theaters as well as professional companies, including the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, the Coterie and the American Heartland Theatre. His career also included films and commercials.

He was the son of well-known actress Jane Fopeano. For many years the family had been deeply involved in the Bell Road Barn Players, one of the area’s oldest community theaters.

Fopeano was an understudy for the two-actor comedy, “A Tuna Christmas,” now running at the American Heartland Theatre. Executive director Lilli Zarda said Fopeano had rehearsed the entire show on Monday.

Zarda said Fopeano had also been signed to play a role in “Unnecessary Farce” next year.

Anyone with information about the case should call the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department at 913-573-6020 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).