Fight the instinct at a knee-jerk reaction here and instead listen to these heartbreaking stories of loss during the holidays that offer a first person account of horrific loss and the devastation that so many murders have created in Kansas City.
We often talk politics, funding and tactics but all of that discussion misses so many truly innocent people caught in the crossfire who continually suffer for a senseless slaughter unabated year after year.
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The number 170 represents more than the record-breaking number of homicides that have occurred in Kansas City, Missouri in 2020. Two mothers share memories of their sons and the pain of losing them. Making it worse, neither crime has been solved which both say would bring a degree of closure.