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Kansas City, Kansas, police ask for help in homicide investigation

Lillian Jackson
Posted at 10:02 AM, Sep 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-30 17:09:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department is asking for the public's help as it conducts an investigation into a homicide that killed a woman in early September.

Lillian Jackson, 62, was shot to death after leaving the Mount Zion Baptist Church at N 5th Street and Richmond Avenue. Jackson served as an usher at the church.

"Someone in this neighborhood heard something or saw something," Kansas City, Kansas, Police Chief Karl Oakman told reporters Thursday. "The family needs their help; The Community needs their help. We cannot allow these reckless incidents to take place in our community."

She was on her way home and was driving east on Richmond Avenue when she stopped at a stop sign near N. 3rd Street.

Shortly after, two suspects began shooting at each other at N. 3rd Street and Franklin, one block away from where Jackson was.

Jackson was hit by the gunfire and died instantly.

“Mrs. Jackson was a wife, mother, grandmother, friend and now, an innocent victim of violence,” Oakman said. “She had spent the day volunteering at church and was on her way home when the reckless acts of two people took her life. Someone out there knows the identity of these suspects. Now is the time for them to speak up before another senseless act of violence is committed by these individuals.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the tips hot line at (816)-474-TIPS.

Jackson's full obituary can be read here.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the KSHB 41 News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the KSHB 41 News Mug Shot Policy.