Right now, according to KCPD dox just updated this morning, the Kansas City homicide number so far in 2020 stands at 101.
That number represents a 34.67% increase over last year as KCMO still finds itself in the midst of a historic homicide spike.
Accordingly, we take a pause to roundup stories of police action, court cases and anti-crime efforts from across the metro in this compilation . . .
Saving Kansas City Youngsters From Shooting Spree
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Healing Pathway Victim Service Agency is an advocacy group working to provide a safe haven for children who have lost family members to homicides. Executive director and founder of the advocacy group, Monica Roberts, says the organization has been swamped this year due to the violence in Kansas City, Missouri.
Northeast Crime Uptick Earns KCPD Attention
Abby Hoover Managing Editor Kansas City is experiencing one of the highest homicide rates in recent years. The city has seen 101 homicides so far this year, as of July 13, 2020. This is compared to 71 in the same time period in 2019.
Grandview Brutality Argument
GRANDVIEW, Mo. - The family of a man killed by a Grandview police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two of the department's officers. Jessie San Nicolas regrets ever calling 911 for help on July 1, 2018. Her husband, Larry San Nicolas, was diabetic and was acting erratically without his insulin.
Suburban Gunfire Postscript
Police in Lee's Summit, Missouri, are investigating after a vehicle crashed into a house overnight, and the driver was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. Police said officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Northeast Richardson Place around 2:30 a.m.
Car Crash Suspect Wanted
Kansas City Police are searching for a suspect in a fatal Monday night hit-and-run at 12th and Hardesty Avenue. A 58-year-old Kansas City, Missouri man was found lying in the street with life-threatening injuries after 9:30 p.m. on June 13. According to KCPD, he was determined to have either been hit by or fallen out of the southbound vehicle.
Kansas City Old School Shares Wisdom In Crime Fight
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Kansas City, Missouri, reaches triple digits in homicides for the calendar year, one community organization is stepping up to advance the difficult conversations needed for a positive way forward. Grandparents Against Gun Violence began in earnest after the shooting at Sandy Hook in 2013 and now boasts more than 1,000 supporters on both sides of the State Line.
Examining Kansas City History Of Politics & Violence
KANSAS CITY, MO. - A sad moment in Kansas City's history is being remembered this week. On July 15, 1970, Leon Jordan was assassinated as he walked out of the Green Duck Tavern, a business he owned, to his car.
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