Today's follow-up statements from local officials . . .
Three homicides occurring across Kansas City within six hours of each other have been tied to underlying issues detectives see often: domestic violence, mental health and drugs.
On Twitter, Mayor Quinton Lucas expressed concern that Sunday’s homicides “keep us close to our tragic pace last year.” He called social services and education key.
“We’ve seen over the years that investments in enforcement and prohibition as to narcotics alone won’t dig us out of our problem,” he wrote. “We must continue to increase and enhance investment in broad based prevention and intervention efforts for those at risk.”
Here's today's update from po-po . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, police say issues that have historically plagued the city played a role in three homicides on Sunday. Three people were killed within six hours of each other, bringing the 2021 homicide count for KCMO to 23. Last year at this time, 26 people had been killed.