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KCPD investigating homicide at Alcazar Apartments

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Posted at 8:56 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 15:01:55-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police are investigating a homicide after a body was found in the stairwell of an apartment complex.

According to KCPD, officers were called to the Alcazar Apartments in the 100 block of West 39th Street around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers found a man unresponsive in the stairwell with unknown injuries, and medics declared him dead. Police later identified the victim as 34-year-old Henry Hampton.

KCPD believes the death is suspicious and began a homicide investigation.

"Based on the nature of where the victim was found and just the somewhat suspicious nature of this, the homicide detectives are here investigating, taking every precaution as though it was a homicide," police spokesman Sgt. Jake Becchina said.

A preliminary investigation from a medical examiner "revealed the victim was apparently shot," according to a KCPD spokesperson.

Detectives were working to figure out what led up to the man's death and the cause of death. Federal agents with Operation LeGend also were on the scene Tuesday morning to assist with the investigation.

On Saturday, 24-year-old Deon Paige was killed in a parking lot near the apartments. Police said there was no reason to believe the two crimes were connected.

Anyone with information on the homicide should call the KCPD Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477. A reward of up to $25,000 is available for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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 P3Tips.com.

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