Kansas City Mothers in Charge push to get more people to provide tips to police

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The crime-prevention group Kansas City Mothers in Charge (MIC) went door-to-door asking residents to provide police tips to help solve a murder mystery. 

In early April, Alonzo Thomas IV was shot to death near 71st and Wayne. His crime remains unsolved, but Mothers in Charge believes someone can provide police with the tip that will catch Alonzo's killer.

On Monday night, Mothers in Charge leader Rosilyn Temple led a group of mothers on a canvas of the neighborhood where Thomas was murdered.

"We believe that someone knows who did it and we want to get that person behind bars or they will probably kill again," Temple said.

Police recently praised the public for providing vital tips that helped police catch suspects in the highway shootings and the Jewish Campus Shootings.

Crime Stoppers Coordinator Mark West said people can provide anonymous calls on the hotline at 816-474-8477.  You can also submit a tip privately by texting 274637 and entering the code "tip 452."

"We also have our website, www.kccrimestoppers.com; so we have every possible avenue for you to connect with us to provide vital information that could lead the arrest of a murder suspect," West said.

There is also a $2,000 reward for information, but Temple believes the money should not be the primary motivation for helping bring justice for murder victims and their families.

"I believe we need to realize that sadly, it could happen to anyone and we need to be afraid that these criminals are walking the streets because I believe if they've killed once, they will kill again," Temple said.

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