Kansas City Mayor Sly James says his son was a witness to Westport murder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Mayor Sly James said his son was a witness in a Westport homicide over the weekend.

James said his son, Kyle James, was with Kendrick Williams in Westport on Sunday morning. The two were playing in a music festival. He said the group was leaving and then someone started harassing Williams' girlfriend near 40th and Mill Street.

The Mayor said Williams walked over to help her and that's when he was shot. James said Kyle was nearby.

"He saw parts of it and that's why he was talking to the police," Mayor James said.

James said his son is cooperating with investigators.

"This has torn him up," the mayor said. "I mean he saw his friend that he had been with 10 minutes before having fun playing music, shot in the street and die within an hour after that."

The Mayor called Williams' death senseless.  He said he'd only met Williams a few time, but described him as courteous.  People who knew Williams said he made a difference in the community.

"I was a little gangster running these streets, he taught me this isn't cool no more live your life and right when he was trying to do that somebody was hating on him," said Justin Harmon.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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