As locals paid tribute to the fallen today, this quick message sent our way resonated as Kansas City starts what is typically the most violent time of the year.
Here's just a snippet of a much more extensive message sent our way . . .
"It's really disheartening. My colleagues, people that I respect won't allow us to express our grief. Every time we share our feelings about how much this loss hurts we're reminded of the citywide murder rate and how many others are also coping with loss. Of course we have sympathy for everyone who has suffered from the recent homicide surge but this is someone we worked alongside every day . . . It's not fair that we are being silenced. Her story deserves to be told especially when there's still hope of solving her murder . . .
We're often told to use our voices and speak up but when we've tried to pay tribute to our friend I can hear the bitterness of others who dismiss our suffering. All of it makes me second guess how sincere some of these people are about addressing the homicide problem. It seems like their motivations are agenda-driven and don't have much to do with the best interests of diverse communities coping with this crisis . . . "
Accordingly . . .
Developing . . .