KANSAS CI TY, Mo. - Seven people have died in homicides in Kansas City this week, with all of them happening between Monday night and early Wednesday evening.
The deadly week brings the total for the month of January to 15. The record for any single month is 21 in August 2008, according to the Kansas City Police Department.
This week the Kansas City Police Department announced a new comprehensive plan to address crime in Kansas City. It's called the Kansas City No Violence Alliance. But it is often difficult for police to solve crimes because people are apprehensive to come forward.
The Kansas City Crime Stoppers encourages anyone with information about a crime to come forward.
Detective Kevin Boehm of the Kansas City Police Department said, "There is a lot of times where a detective needs just one extra piece of information in their case file that they assembled and it would help them clear a case and sometimes people are reluctant to come forward and we allow an anonymous reporting source for people to come forward to give information and maybe earn a reward for doing what we consider their civic duty."
Since it's inception, the TIPS Hotline apprehended more than 10,260 felony offenders, cleared more 23,770 cases and paid more than $1,228,000.00 in cash rewards.
Here’s a look at this week’s homicides and where the cases stand as of Thursday morning:
-- At 7:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, two men were found dead shot to death in a car in the 100 block of N. Denver Avenue. The victims have since been identified as Brian Cunningham, 27, and Therman Lacy, 30. No charges have been announced in the case.
-- At 9:55 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, a man was killed after being assaulted in the 3600 block of Highland. The victim has been identified as Jachin Reedy, 25. Prosecutors have charged Leroy Chism, 33, with second-degree murder in the case.
-- At about 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, a customer of a barbershop in the 3100 block of Troost found the barbershop’s owner dead of a gunshot wound. The victim was identified as Darrell Williams. No arrests have been announced in the case.
-- At about 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, two men were found dead by gunshot inside a recording studio in the 8100 block of Hickman Mills Drive. Police have not released identities of the victims, and no suspects have been arrested in the case.
-- At about 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, one person was found dead after a rolling gun battle in the intersection of Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Elmwood Boulevard. Police have not released identity of the victim, and no suspects have been arrested.
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