Tonight we reflect on the innocent of Kansas City threatened by a rise in homicide.
The nightmarish Kansas City spate of violence surging across the metro has resulted two very real tragedies which resonate far more deeply than any political campaign or movement.
3-year-old Olivia Jansen was found dead in KCK earlier today as an abuse investigation unfolds.
4-year-old LeGend Taliferro was laid to rest today after he was shot dead in his sleep. His killer remains at large.
Two dead youngsters should remind us that American politics is nothing more than bad theater and protecting innocent lives remains infinitely more important than gaining a rhetorical advantage for social media arguments. Sadly, as the murder count continues to rise in the shadow plague and death across the nation, it's unclear if anyone is attempting to learn from one catastrophe after the next.
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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- A community's search for a missing three-year-old girl ended tragically Friday when police announced they'd found what they believe to be the body of Olivia Jansen in the woods near 34th and Steele. "We all still hold each other's hand in grief when bad things happen to the children in our neighborhood," one resident said.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The father of 3-year-old Olivia Jansen has been booked into jail just hours after his daughter was found dead in Kansas City, Kansas. Howard Jansen III has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse of unknown circumstance and first-degree murder, according to Wyandotte County Jail booking logs.
Members of seven different churches gathered at Mill Creek Park Thursday to pray for peace. Some of the faithful said federal agents are not enough.
Neighbors said they are trying to understand what happened at the home of Olivia Ann Jansen, 3. Police said Friday evening that they believe they have found the toddler's body near a walking trail at 34th Street and Steele Road."Everybody's crying," neighbor Holli Denney said.Neighbors are reacting after an extremely emotional day and concerns for a family friend and her daughter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of people attended the private funeral service for 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro on Friday. Family and friends delivered words of reflection, song, scripture and prayer during the hour-long service. "Although we would rather him be here with us, it was just beautiful.
WASHINGTON, (KCTV) - The White House announced Wednesday a plan to send federal agents in to Kansas City in an attempt to address growing levels of violence in the city. "Operation: Legend" is being touted by the Department of Justice as a response to the surge in violent crime in Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City residents are pushing back against Operation Legend. Earlier this week we learned federal agents are coming to Kansas City. The White House says it's to combat violent crime in KC. On Friday, there was a protest downtown right outside KCPD headquarters.
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