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Man stabbed to death Tuesday marks 100th homicide victim of the year in KCMO

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Jul 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-05 06:44:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 41-year-old man stabbed to death on the Fourth of July is the 100th homicide victim of the year in Kansas City, Missouri.

Police said the attack happened inside a gas station about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 14300 block of East U.S. 40 Highway.

The victim was identified by KCMO police as Jon Rone.

The stabbing happened after an argument between Rone and the suspect, police said.

"Over what? Some arguments we don't even know what they start over," Bishop Tony Caldwell with the Justice and Dignity Center in Kansas City, Missouri, told KSHB 41 reporter Grant Stephens.

Caldwell and his organization work to stop violent crime in the city.

"Kind of hurts my heart that on the Fourth of July of all days, our Independence Day, that we would choose to take a life," Caldwell said.

He said stabbing someone means the two men were close enough to talk, but that didn't happen.

"A weak person today picks up a gun, picks up a knife, because they can't use their words," Caldwell told Stephens.

A person of interest was arrested.

"You can't have justice without having dignity," Caldwell said. "If you treat each other with a dignified manner, you're going to be just with them."

There were 74 homicides in KCMO at this time last year.

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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.