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Family of KC homicide victim seeks justice 3 years later

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 12:44:54-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of Kendrick Anderson gathered at Coleman Park in Raytown, Missouri, Sunday to celebrate what would’ve been Anderson’s 31st birthday.

Anderson died two days before his 28th birthday on Sept. 4, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Police have not arrested anyone for the death, which they ruled a homicide.

At Sunday’s event, family members released balloons and once again called on the community to come forward with information to help detectives solve the crime. She's held balloon releases every year since Anderson's death.

Anderson’s mother, Jackie Bass, said someone was in the car with Anderson while he was driving southbound on 71 Highway when he was shot. Bass wants that man to come forward.

“He knows a lot,” Bass surmised. “I don't know if he's afraid and don't want to speak up or what, but he knows something and I really need him to come forward, I really need him to talk.”

Bass said Anderson has two daughters, ages 9 and 10, and a 3-year-old son. She makes it her mission to ensure they don’t forget their father.

If anyone has information to share about the crime, call the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers tips hotline at 816-474-8477. You could be eligible for a reward of up to $25,000.